EU ETS emissions plummet due to pandemic as EUA surplus skyrockets

This analysis is based on estimations using data available as of 1 April 2021. It will be updated as more data is made available during the coming weeks. The European Commission has released the bulk of its data on reported emissions from EU ETS sectors for the year...

Harnessing EU Funds for Romania’s Energy Transition

Sandbag is pleased to launch our latest report on the energy transition in Romania. As a major regional actor and an important player in the European policy space, Romania has the potential to become a leader on climate action. However, political dynamics and a lack...

European Parliament clings to false solutions in Hydrogen Strategy vote

Committee MEPs are set to approve a report laden with risks to the EU's renewable energy transition on Monday 22 March. They want to see so-called "low-carbon hydrogen" - which is produced with climate-destroying fossil fuels - eligible for public funding and policy...

European Parliament approves CBAM report but fails to take firm stance on Free Allocation

The European Parliament has voted to approve an Own Initiative report on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). However, parliamentarians have missed an opportunity in removing the call for the phase-out of free allocation from the final report. Despite the...

Persistent surplus risks stymieing EU ETS reform, finds research from Sandbag

The latest data analysis from think tank Sandbag shows that the reforms being widely considered for the EU ETS are unlikely to be effective drivers of decarbonisation, as they will fail to deal with the surplus of emissions allowances (EUAs) within the system.  Using...

Parliament Carbon Border Adjustment vote a welcome call for EU ETS reform

The European Commission’s plan for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism cleared its first hurdle today as the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament passed an own initiative report broadly supportive of the mechanism. The report regards a Carbon Border Adjustment...

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An inspirational idea that promises to make a real and positive difference… and a wonderful opportunity to help sort out the climate mess we’ve all created. Prof. Chris Turney is the author of Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past
Chris Turney

Professor, University of Exeter

Sandbag is playing a crucial role in making sure that Europe’s cornerstone climate policy actually does its job.
Caroline Lucas

United Kingdom MP

Sandbag … strikes a balance between underlining the merits of the EU ETS and criticising the weaknesses.
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Former European Commissioner