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WHO WE ARE

Ember is an independent climate and energy think tank focused on accelerating the global electricity transition. Founded in 2008 as Sandbag.

Objective

To accelerate the global electricity transition from coal to clean.

 

What we do

Data into action: we gather, curate and analyse data on the global coal to clean transition, with a focus on the power sector. 

We use our data and analysis to:

Support high impact, politically viable policies that accelerate the coal phase-out.

Empower campaign organisations.

Shape the global narrative on coal.

Vision or Division?

November 2020. What National Energy and Climate Plans tell us about the EU power sector in 2030.

Just Transition or Just Talk? 2020

Analysis of National Energy and Climate Plans reveals that the EU countries set to receive most of the Just Transition Fund plan to stick with coal – or swap it for fossil gas.

Wind And Solar Now Generate One-Tenth Of Global Electricity

August 2020. Half-year analysis of the global electricity transition.

Renewables beat fossil fuels

July 2020. An analysis of Europe’s electricity transition in the first half of 2020.

Wind and solar are ready to lead the global coronavirus recovery

As countries start entering Covid-19 recovery phases, governments are presented with a unique opportunity to step up wind and solar investment. This briefing compares the wind and solar industries in different regions of the world, and shows why wind and solar are ready for the big time.

Ember in the news

Our Staff

We are energy professionals who are passionate about the future of the energy sector

Phil MacDonald

Phil MacDonald

Chief Operating Officer

Hannah Broadbent

Hannah Broadbent

Head of Communications

Dave Jones

Dave Jones

Senior Electricity Analyst

Małgorzata Kasprzak

Małgorzata Kasprzak

Junior Research Analyst

Tomos Harrison

Tomos Harrison

Junior Electricity Transition Analyst

Charles Moore

Charles Moore

European Programme Lead

Euan Graham

Euan Graham

Electricity Tracking Analyst

Grace Alster

Grace Alster

Junior Electricity Transition Analyst

Chris Rosslowe

Chris Rosslowe

Energy & Climate Data Analyst

Pete Tunbridge

Pete Tunbridge

Junior Electricity Tracking Analyst

Aditya Lolla

Aditya Lolla

Senior Electricity Policy Analyst - Asia

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Senior Electricity Transition Analyst

Muyi Yang

Muyi Yang

Senior Electricity Policy Analyst - Asia

Ember's Board

Bryony Worthington

Bryony Worthington

Baroness Bryony Worthington is our founder. She is a key architect of the UK’s Climate Change Act. Recent roles have included Executive Director at the Environmental Defense Fund Europe.

Matthew McFeeley

Matthew McFeeley

Matthew is an environmental lawyer at Richard Buxton Solicitors.  He was previously an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington DC.

Harry Benham

Harry Benham

Harry is Chair of the Board. An energy industry professional for over 30 years with BP, Shell and EY. Also Strategic Advisor on energy issues with CarbonTracker Initiative.

Who funds us

Ember is an independent, not-for-profit think tank.

You can donate to our work through The Crowd.

We gratefully acknowledge the philanthropic organisations that have funded us, including: 

The European Climate Foundation

ClimateKIC

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

WWF UK

Pool-fund on International Energy (PIE)

The Crowd

ThirtyPercy Foundation

The Environmental Defense Fund Europe

History

Ember’s roots go back to 2008, when Baroness Bryony Worthington saw the desperate need to shine a light on the malfunctioning EU carbon market.

Founded as Sandbag Climate Campaign, we enabled the public to buy and remove the surplus carbon allowances from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Recognising the systemic problems with the carbon market, we quickly transitioned into data-driven policy advocacy, aiming to win reform of this crucial climate policy.

Previous campaign successes

The Lignite Cash Cow – Highlighting the falling profits of German lignite plants, and tackling coal company arguments for excessive compensation 

Limiting coal capacity payments: Winning a 550gCO2/kWh emissions limit, preventing European coal plants from receiving Capacity Payments from 2025.

The Last Gasp: Ongoing success revealing the health burden from European coal plants, winning new legislation to reduce power plant air pollution.

Maintaining the UK Carbon Price Support: coalition building, joint letters with industry, to maintain the UK’s top-up carbon tax and rapidly phase-out coal.

Annual European Power Sector Review: Shaping the narrative each year on the European electricity transition.

EU ETS Phase 4 reform: The key green voice in the debate which implemented the MSR and took the EU carbon price from €2 to €30.

    • 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
    • helping to secure a ban on polluting HFC offset credits