How effectively is EU policy promoting decarbonisation of Europe’s energy intensive industries?

Call For Evidence

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Published on 11 November 2019



Government institutions, at EU and Member State levels, are preparing new legislation to deliver carbon neutrality (“net zero emissions”) by 2050, making good on their commitment to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees under the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Across the EU and beyond, businesses are already realigning their offerings to reflect a shift towards net zero, tapping into a growing consumer appetite for ecologically sustainable goods by investing in low carbon processes and products while cutting waste. However, business in raw materials processing and energy intensive sectors, which sit at the base of many supply chains and impact significantly on lifecycle emissions, face a particularly complex set of circumstances in which to decarbonise, because their ability to independently effect emissions reductions is often bound up in wider economic and political developments.

Who should respond  

Owners and operators of industrial plant in Europe in the cement, ceramics, paper & pulp, plastics, and steel sectors

Manufacturers of low carbon alternatives to the aforementioned products.

Enquiries and responses  
Please send enquiries and completed responses to by 18:00 CET, Friday 10th January 2020.
    *please inform us in advance if you wish to participate but are unable to submit a response by this date.

About this call for evidence

Sandbag is investigating the impact that EU policies and regulation have on efforts to decarbonise energy intensive industries to 2030 and beyond.

This call for evidence will illuminate the following questions:

  1. What are energy intensive industries’ (EEIs) current plans and requirements for decarbonising to 2030 and 2050?
  2. How might new legislation address barriers to decarbonisation and help industry achieve -30% reductions by 2030, while at the same time set in motion the processes needed to move towards a net zero emissions trajectory by 2050?


What will we do with information we receive?

Responses to this questionnaire will be used to inform a forthcoming report which examines how EU policy can help EEIs prepare for a net zero world. The report will also address policy gaps identified in Sandbag’s related 2018 report on barriers to industrial decarbonisation.

 Information provided to Sandbag via this call for evidence will not be used to compare the emissions performance of individual companies.

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