Sandbag is a UK based not-for-profit organisation campaigning for environmentally and economically effective climate policies, with a focus on the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).
Our campaigns are supported by in-house research that monitors the environmental robustness of the ETS, the distribution of allowances, and how key sectors, installations and companies in the scheme are affected.
Through small changes in carbon markets, both in Europe and across the world, billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide can be prevented from entering the atmosphere; with our analysis and lobbying, we can make sure that’s what happens.
Join us in calling for tighter caps on emissions and/or take direct action to cancel carbon permits now.
Tracking the flow of carbon credits around the globe
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To meet legally binding carbon caps European firms have to submit permits for every tonne of pollution they emit. They are allowed to buy some from other parts of the the world where reductions in emissions have been achieved.
Projects in developing countries are awarded permits for every tonne of pollution they reduce. Permits generated in this way are certified by the UN and known as CERs. A limited number of these can be used by EU companies to comply with their legally binding emissions caps.
The Sandbag offset map
Our map allows anyone interested in the issue of international offsetting to explore exactly who is buying what from whom. We have matched the overseas projects that are generating permits (CERs) to the European installations which are using them to comply with their caps.

In 2013, the European Commission decided not to release installation-level offsets data, so we cannot display this on the map. We are also in the process of updating previous maps, so unfortunately our offsets map is unavailable at the present time.
First time user?
Why not take a look at our video tutorial.
You can easily embed the Sandbag Offsetmap into your website. The map is 800px wide and 500px high. Please let us know if you do as we'd like to keep a record of where it's used.
Just copy the following html code and paste it where you want the map to appear on your site:
<iframe src ="" width="800px" height="500px"><p>Unfortunately your browser does not support iframes, so the embedded map could not be displayed. Please go to to see the Sandbag Offsetmap</p></iframe>
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