About Sandbag


Sandbag is a non-profit climate change think tank, with branches in London and Brussels.

Mission & Vision

Sandbag’s vision is that climate policy in Europe and beyond should be robustly designed to drive rapid and cost-effective emissions reductions, towards a net zero economy.

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.

We tackle Europe’s big emitters by focusing on:

the phase-out of coal power in Europe by 2030

commercialising industrial Carbon Capture and Storage

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.

Creative Commons information

Sandbag content is released under a Creative Commons ShareAlike Attribution Licence (CC BY-SA 4.0)

This means you’re free to share and adapt our work – as long as you credit us, and release anything you create based on our data under a Creative Commons licence too.

Please let us know if you’re using our work: there might be a way for us to collaborate!

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

Our Staff - London

Global coal phase-out

Phil is Sandbag’s Chief Operating Officer.

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Dave is Sandbag’s Electricity Analyst.

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Charles is Sandbag’s Senior Energy & Policy Analyst.

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Chris is Sandbag’s Energy & Climate Data Analyst.

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Megan is Sandbag’s Junior Data Analyst.

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Euan is Sandbag’s Junior Energy & Climate Data Analyst.

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Pete is Sandbag’s Graduate Energy & Climate Data Analyst.

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Our Staff - Brussels

EU Emissions Trading System & EU Industrial Policy

Suzana is Sandbag’s EU Engagement Lead, based in Brussels.

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Wilf is a Special Adviser to Sandbag.

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Sandbag's Board

Baroness Bryony Worthington

is Sandbag’s founder, and is now Director at the Environmental Defense Fund Europe.

Adrien Assous

is a Director at Natixis where he works on carbon asset management and renewable energy financing.

Harry Benham

is Chair. Harry has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years with BP and Shell and in consulting roles with EY. He is also a Special Adviser to Carbon Tracker.

Adrienne Copithorne

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

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