We’re a non-profit climate change think tank which uses data analysis to build evidence-based campaigns on climate policy
We focus on EU policies such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, carbon border adjustment mechanisms and emissions reductions in industrial sectors. We believe in Europe’s ability to lead climate action by example and use its large market and ability to stimulate technological competition as an incentive for others to follow. But we’re also aware of the risk that Europe might fail to deliver on its own pledges, which is why we want to get EU climate policy right.
We welcome the Commission's draft of the CBAM implementing regulation concerning the reporting obligations and provisional methodology for calculating embedded emissions in CBAM goods. However, we...
The reform of the EU’s carbon market and the free allocation regulation is now voted on. The deal was wrapped in December 2022 and was barely different from what the Commission had proposed nearly...
Joint blog with Carbon Market Watch25 May 2023 Sandbag's feedback to the EC25 May 2023 The EU’s Innovation Fund, launched in 2018, is the EU’s programme for funding cutting-edge low-carbon...
Open letter: Free allocation needs to incentivise circularity for the EU to reach net zero To: DG CLIMA - Mr Heiko Kunst Chair of the Expert Group on Climate Change Policy Dear Mr Kunst, We...
On 18 April 2023, Sandbag presented to the European Commission’s Expert Group on Climate Change Policy a proposal for reforming the granting of free emission permits to industry under the bloc’s...
The European Commission’s proposal for a Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA) as part of the Green Deal Industrial Plan purports to boost the European green transition whilst decreasing dependence on third...
Upcoming policy developments
6 February: European Commission to publish its Communication on the Industrial Carbon Management Strategy (cf. CCS/U strategy).
6 February: First Climate Change Expert Group meeting on aviation.
8 February: End of first European Hydrogen Bank auction.
19 February: Political trilogue on the Carbon Removals Certification Framework.
4 March: Energy Council
26 March: Ministerial level meeting: Towards a climate neutral and resilient society in 2050
End of March: end of scrutiny period of FAR by Parliament and Council
First Quarter of 2024
Final vote of the Parliament and the Council to formally adopt the reform of the EU’s Electricity Market Design (EMD)
Final vote of the Parliament and the Council to formally adopt the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR)
Final vote of the Parliament and the Council to formally adopt the revised Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
Final vote of the Parliament and the Council to formally adopt the revised Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)
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WHAT WE DO
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