Barriers to Decarbonisation in the EU’s Energy Intensive Industries

Call For Evidence

This Call For Evidence is now closed

We thank those who participated in our Call for Evidence.

The results will be published shortly.

Published on 21 November 2017
The EU is committed to upholding the Paris agreement and has put in place policies intended to achieve CO2 reductions across all sectors as part of its efforts to fulfil this commitment.
We want to understand how European policy and, in particular, the Emissions Trading System (ETS) can better support low-carbon innovation, new materials and process changes that are needed to decarbonise energy intensive industries.
We are keen to hear from stakeholders about their experiences of where policy or regulation is driving or preventing investment and innovative practices to reduce emissions in heavy industry.

Who should respond
EU ETS stakeholders, Industry and Business Representatives, Technologists, Materials Experts, Academics, Legal Professionals, Finance Professionals, Policy Experts, Civil Society Organisations, and other individuals or organisations with relevant knowledge of energy intensive industrial policy or processes.
By email to:
How to respond
Please respond by Friday 19 January 2018*
By email to:
Hard copy responses may be sent by post to:
40 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3UD
United Kingdom
  *please inform us in advance if you will be unable to submit a response by this date.

What kind of response is Sandbag looking for?


  • We are seeking robust evidence from industry representatives, and from any other individuals or organisations with relevant knowledge, which will help us to build up a clear picture of the barriers and opportunities to industrial decarbonisation in Europe.


  • We are interested in the EU Emissions Trading System and the way in which it could better incentivise decarbonisation of energy-intensive industry. We are particularly interested in the role benchmarks play or could play in this.


  • Specific examples and relevant detailed data are encouraged. These might, for example, relate to new materials or processes, or to unexploited efficiencies.


What will we do with information we receive?

Our aim is to develop a report on barriers to industrial decarbonisation that contains a clear evidence base and to formulate proposals for ensuring that policy is facilitating rather than blocking innovation in clean technologies.
We will not publish responses to this Call For Evidence and they will not be shared with other parties. We may, with explicit consent from respondents, include extracts from responses in our publication summarising responses to this Call For Evidence. This will be published and made available online at We can maintain full confidentiality if requested by those submitting information. Furthermore, if you would prefer to provide information through a call or meeting, please send us a brief email, using the contact details provided in this document, informing us of this preference, and we will follow up as appropriate.

Page last updated on 22 January 2018