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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...

Now boarding for better climate action under EU ETS aviation rules

It’s a major year of reform for many aspects of the EU ETS, and aviation is no exception. The European Commission will soon decide how its key climate policy will interact with international attempts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. As the public...

Benchmarks and Free Allocation: Details reveal problems in the EU ETS

Sandbag is actively campaigning for changes to the EU ETS benchmarking system and an end to free allocation in the upcoming EU ETS reform. In the meantime, the current EU ETS remains in place. On the 1st January we entered into Phase IV of the EU ETS, and the European...

Times of change for the EU ETS: Sandbag’s feedback on the upcoming revision

In just one month, Phase IV of the EU ETS will start, bringing in many changes that were negotiated during past revisions of Europe’s carbon market. But even more changes are coming down the line, as the European Commission gets ready to present another EU ETS...

Sustainable Products Initiative: circularity requirements to drive industrial decarbonisation

When the European Commission launched the Circular Economy Action Plan in March 2020, it contained many ambitions to be worked out in future legislative projects. One of these is the Sustainable Products Initiative, which has the mammoth task of making the multitude...

We’re a non-profit climate change think tank which uses data analysis to build evidence-based climate policy.

We focus on EU policies such as the EU ETS and the ‘Effort Sharing Regulation’, and emissions reductions in industrial sectors.

Recent reports

UK ETS must learn from past mistakes

UK ETS must learn from past mistakes

One among the many consequences of Brexit is the departure of the UK from the EU ETS. The UK will leave the EU’s carbon market in January 2021, and the UK government plans to set up an independent UK Emissions Trading Scheme on that date. Sandbag were asked by the...

2020 Industrial Relaunch

This report has been informed by a call for evidence conducted by Sandbag between October 2019 – January 2020 and builds on Sandbag’s previous work on industrial emissions policy. It follows on from Sandbag’s report on Barriers to Industrial Decarbonisation, published...

The great green puzzle

A ROADMAP TO A NET ZERO INDUSTRIAL REVIVAL Thursday May 28th, 3-4.30pm CET PANEL I Chaired by Suzana Carp, EU Engagement lead Sandbag, Reactions to the report in the recovery context Hans Bergman - Head of Unit, European and International Carbon Markets at the...

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Carbon Pricing

Reforming the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and implementing strong regional carbon prices

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Sandbag develops innovative tools to shine a light on complex climate policy

Sandbag is recognised as a top global climate think-tank

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.
Connie Hedegaard

Former European Commissioner

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