Sandbag (non-profit organisation)

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Sandbag or Sandbag Climate Campaign is a Community Interest Company, campaigning for changes to European climate change policy, especially emissions trading.[1] The organisation was launched in 2008 by Bryony Worthington and was the first (and founding) member of The Guardian's Environment Network.[2]


Sandbag was launched as a campaign on the European Union's Emission Trading Scheme, allowing its members to campaign to reduce the number of permits in circulation and to purchase permits and cancel them. Large corporations (such as vehicle manufacturers) must obtain these permits from the EU if they need to emit greenhouse gases during production. The purchase of these permits by the public prevents their use by corporations. Worthington described her organisation as "a bit like burning money in front of someone so they can't spend it on something bad."[3]

Worthington gave the first public talk on Sandbag (as well as emissions trading in general) at a geeKyoto meeting in London during May 2008.[4][5]

Current focus[edit]

Sandbag currently produces research and campaigns on phasing out coal power plants,[6] reducing emissions in industry,[7] and reform of the Effort Sharing Regulation,[8] as well as reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System.

The company is based at 40 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UD.[9]


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  2. ^ "The Guardian Environment Network". The Guardian. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  3. ^ Hickman, Leo (2008-09-12). "Sandbagged: Dealing a blow to carbon trading". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  4. ^ "GeeKyoto08". Sandbag. 2008-05-17. Archived from the original on 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  5. ^ "Some videos". GeeKyoto. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  6. ^ "Vattenfall confirms sale of German lignite assets to EPH". Carbon Pulse. 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  7. ^ "Steel crisis turns up heat on energy subsidies". The Financial Times. 2016-04-13. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  8. ^ "Europe's new climate proposal lacks ambition and delivers less than business-as-usual emission cuts". eBusiness. 2016-08-20. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
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Coordinates: 51°31′14.6″N 0°5′55″W / 51.520722°N 0.09861°W / 51.520722; -0.09861