Letter to members of the European Parliament Environment (ENVI) committee

The negotiations on key climate files of the Fit For 55 package which was launched by the European Commission in July 2021, are approaching critical moments. On 16-17 May, the Environment (ENVI) committee of the European Parliament will vote on the reports for the EU...

Reform, not a patch, will curb carbon price volatility

As energy prices hit record levels, the European Union’s carbon emissions permits – which hit €100 on futures markets in February – have been accused of making electricity too expensive, and although natural gas has a much larger responsibility, the carbon price also...

Risk of surplus with Market Stability Reserve – a short story

The EU is in the process of reforming its carbon market (EU ETS) in line with raising the bloc’s emission reduction target up to 55%, from 40% currently. Amongst the many features of the reform, one is raising little attention, despite contradicting a higher…

Time to vote for an EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) that works for climate and industrial transformation

Today the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament will vote on some key aspects of the bloc’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Sandbag has teamed up with other NGOs…

Emissions covered by the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme rebound but allowances in circulation remain as high as in 2019

This analysis is based on estimations using data available as of 4 April 2022. 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...

EU ETS Reform – Policy Suggestions for the European Parliament

Achieving the increased EU climate targets and the goals of the Paris Agreement requires strong incentives to be set for the economy to decarbonise. A significant part of the EU’s carbon emissions is found in the industrial sectors. Consequently, a more robust...

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Feedback on the EU ETS reform

Feedback on the EU ETS reform

Sandbag welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the update of the EU ETS under the FF55 package. Our analyses [1] show that the proposed changes are not enough to guarantee that emissions...

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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