Clean Heating Technologies

Clean Heating Technologies

A Pilot Project Case Study from Northern People’s Republic of China


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Nearly 40% of the world’s population use open fires or simple stoves that burn wood or coal for heating. The inefficient combustion of these solid fuels deteriorates air quality, causes severe health problems, and generates significant carbon dioxide emissions. The impacts are aggravated in peri-urban and rural communities that lack access to clean district heating options. There is a need to identify and deploy appropriate decentralized clean heating solutions to replace coal-based heating. This publication presents an overview of clean heating technologies and the results of a pilot in northern People’s Republic of China. The country’s clean heating policy framework and the lessons learned from the online clean heating monitoring platform can guide the development of similar tools. The report provides recommendations in developing clean heating programs to stimulate market transformation toward more efficient and low-carbon heating.