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...

Carbon Border Adjustments in the EU: who, what, when, why and how?

The public consultation on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism is coming to a close. The European Commission has been collecting stakeholder opinions on one of its most talked-about policy projects: ensuring that imports to the EU are subject to the same carbon...

Seizing Romania’s Renewable Potential

While today Romania is still highly dependent on fossil fuels, the country has huge potential for renewable energy production. In the next decade, Romania can avail of significant funds to finance its energy transition. However, this potential is dependent on adequate...

Just Transition Fund: Moment of truth for European Parliament’s climate ambition

Sandbag has joined 64 civil society organisations from across Europe, calling on Members of the European Parliament to protect the integrity of the Just Transition Fund. This fund is intended to help EU Member States finance their transition to climate neutrality by...

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

Time for the UK to show it’s serious about CCS

Today, the BEIS Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce, on which Sandbag sits, has published its report to Government, with recommendations on how the UK can begin deployment of this vital technology for tackling climate change. Back...

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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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