About Sandbag

Sandbag is a not-for-profit climate change policy think tank based in Brussels and London.

Mission & Vision

Sandbag’s vision is that climate policy in Europe, including the UK, should be robustly designed to drive rapid, sustainable and cost-effective emissions reductions, consistent with achieving internationally-agreed targets.

Our mission is to provide targeted, evidence-based advocacy at the points of highest leverage, with Sandbag’s analysis and data tools being trusted and consulted by key decision-makers.

The principle that we follow in all our work is: put your effort where it has the biggest impact.

Our key areas of focus are:

Improving of the functioning of the EU ETS and Effort Sharing Regulation

the phase-out of coal power in Europe by 2030

commercialising Carbon Capture and Storage for 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 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).

Sandbag informs and influences European and UK legislation on climate change by working with the key policymakers and business representatives to change climate policy, supported by 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.

Copyright information

Sandbag content is released under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY 2.0 UK)

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More data will often be available on request. Contact Phil (phil@sandbag.org.uk)

Our Staff

Head of Comms

Phil works on industrial decarbonisation, coal, and communications

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Head of Analysis, Sandbag

Head of Analysis

Pieter coordinates Sandbag’s analysis on the EU ETS and the Effort Regulation.

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Carbon & Power Analyst

Dave leads the team focused on power sector decarbonisation.

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Energy & Policy Analyst

Charles produces analysis on the coal phase-out.

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EU Engagement Lead

Suzana leads on Sandbag’s EU engagement.

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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 States Lead

Ola focuses on the EU ETS and EU Effort Sharing reforms, covering Sandbag’s policy development and lobbying in Member States.

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Policy Analyst/Researcher

Wilf does research into decarbonisation technologies for industrial sectors

Our Directors

Adrien Assous

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

Claire Poole

is the Founder of ClearBright Consulting, a communications agency specialising in sustainability and climate change.

Jill Duggan

is Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, and Director of Policy at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Adrienne Copithorne

is an environmental lawyer and partner at Richard Buxton Environmental & Public Law.

Baroness Bryony Worthington

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

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