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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...

As the EU aims for climate neutrality by 2050, the aviation sector is lagging far behind in terms of climate action. Greenhouse gas emissions from aviation are increasing rapidly, and the sector receives many tax exemptions and state subsidies. Within Europe, the main...

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...

Building the Transition: Sandbag’s Response to the Review of the Construction Products Regulation

The European Green Deal lays out a list of EU policies and legislation that need to be updated and brought in line with the 2050 climate neutrality goal. One of these is the Construction Products Regulation, governing building materials which often have very...

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...

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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