Problems were extracted through investigation on the coal utilization system focused on the environmental measures for the coal utilization in China. In China, the coal accounts for 74% of all the commercial energy consumption. The coal and its products do for 75%, 65% and 85% in the industrial fuel and power-related division, processed material-related division, and urban and livelihood-related division, respectively. Most of the coal is used for the direct burning in the three main fields, i.e., industrial boilers and furnaces, power generation, and livelihood. Therefore, they are the main objectives toward which measures are to be taken for the rational, effective and clean utilization of coal. In this manner, problems and future trends were set forth for the coal utilization in China. It was then concluded that the following matters are necessary: coal washery to increase the coal supply, briquetting, utilization of fluidized bed boilers and coal-water mixture, modification of boilers and furnaces to heighten the efficiency of energy utilization, promoted installation of dust collectors and flue gas desulfurizers, clean and effective use through the thermal supply and city gasification. 93 figs., 78 tabs.