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About us

About Sandbag

Sandbag is a not-for-profit think tank based in Brussels and London. We advocate for ambitious, pragmatic and cost-effective climate policies based on thorough evidence-based analysis.

Our work always follows a simple principle:

Put your effort where it has the biggest impact

Sandbag was founded in 2008 by Baroness Bryony Worthington to shine a light on what was really going on in emissions trading in the EU and to enable people to buy and remove the surplus carbon allowances from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

Over time, it has become clear that the EU ETS after several reforms, lacks the ambition to drive and deliver the EU’s climate targets on its own.  In addition, policy interventions are also needed where markets have a limited effect, to deliver the scale of change needed. Therefore, Sandbag’s focus has broadened to focus on the other key policy levers that together can deliver the low carbon transition in Europe.

deep decarbonisation of industry

European and UK climate governance

Sandbag’s advocacy activity is underpinned by sophisticated modelling, data tools and data visualisation.

Sandbag successes

 

We have led a number of successful campaigns to improve European climate policy, including:

removing hundreds of millions of ‘unused allowances’ from the oversupplied EU ETS

winning the introduction of the Market Stability Reserve, to lock away surplus allowances

set an ambitious fifth carbon budget in the UK

helping to secure a ban on polluting HFC offset credits

Sandbag informs and influences European and UK legislation on climate change by working with the key policymakers and business representatives to change climate policy, based on our in-depth research and analysis. We also work with campaigning organisations across Europe, supplying the data and evidence-base to secure wins for the climate. And – with the right pressure at the right time – we are able to make a big difference.

Our Staff

Managing Director

Debbie is an experienced senior leader in the climate change field, with 15 years’ experience in Government.

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Head of Policy

Adam has nearly 20 years’ experience of working on climate change issues in both consultancy and industry.

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Carbon & Power Analyst

Dave leads the team focused on power sector decarbonisation.

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Head of Analysis

Boris has over 12 years of experience in international carbon markets.

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Head of Industrial Decarbonisation

Phil leads the team focused on radical industrial process change and Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage (CCUS).

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Data Analyst

Patricia supports the team with data collation and management, policy analysis and other lobbying activities.

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Member State Lead

Her work focuses on the EU ETS reform, covering Sandbag’s policy development and lobbying in Brussels.

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Researcher

Wilf holds a master’s degree in Geology from UCL and has worked in consultancy and with NGOs.

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EU Engagement Lead

Suzana leads the organisation’s EU engagement.

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Lead Data Scientist and Dataviz expert

Pablo specialises in Big Data, Graph Databases, Cloud Computing and complex Data Visualisation.

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DEBBIE STOCKWELL

Managing Director

Debbie is an experienced senior leader in the climate change field, with 15 years’ experience in Government

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ADAM WHITMORE

Head of Policy

Adam has nearly 20 years’ experience of working on climate change issues in both consultancy and industry.

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DAVE JONES

Carbon & Power Analyst 

Dave leads the team focused on power sector decarbonisation.

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BORIS LAGADINOV

Head of Analysis

Boris has over 12 years of experience in international carbon markets.

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PHIL MACDONALD

Head of Industrial Decarbonisation 

Phil leads the team focused on radical industrial process change and Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage (CCUS).

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PATRICIA BUCKLEY

Data Analyst

Patricia supports the team with data collation and management, policy analysis and other lobbying activities.

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ALEKSANDRA MIROWICZ

Member State Lead

Her work focuses on the EU ETS reform, covering Sandbag’s policy development and lobbying in Brussels.

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WILF LYTTON

Researcher

Wilf holds a master’s degree in Geology from UCL and has worked in consultancy and with NGOs.

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SUZANA CARP

EU Engagement Lead

Suzana leads the organization’s EU engagement.

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PABLO PAREJA TOBES

Lead Data Scientist and Dataviz expert 

Pablo specialises in Big Data, Graph Databases, Cloud Computing and complex Data Visualization.

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Our Directors

Adrien Assous

is the interim Chair of the Board at Sandbag. He’s also a Director at Natixis where he has been working on carbon asset management and renewable energy financing.

Ed Gillespie

is the founder and co-director of Futerra, a sustainability communications agency.

Jane Burston

leads the Climate Science and Low Carbon Technology work at the National Physical Laboratory.

Jill Duggan

Jill Duggan is Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group

Tomas Wyns

Tomas Wyns is Climate and Industrial Policy Researcher at the Institute of European Studies

Baroness Bryony Worthington

Baroness Worthington is Sandbag’s founder, and is now Director at the Environment Defence Fund Europe

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info@sandbag.org.uk

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