Frequently Asked Questions
How are you funded?
We are an independent, not-for-profit think tank.
Most of our funding comes from charitable foundation grants. Charitable foundations which have supported our work include the European Climate Foundation, ClimateKIC, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, WWF UK, Pool-fund on International Energy (PIE), The Crowd, ThirtyPercy Foundation and The Environmental Defense Fund Europe.
You are very welcome to donate to our work through The Crowd.
What’s your legal status and how are you governed?
We are a not-for-profit company (a “Community Interest Company”). This means that all of our income is directed towards our charitable objective. We have a volunteer Board of Directors that meets regularly to oversee the management of the organisation. We submit our annual accounts to Companies House each year and a report on our activities to the Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies.
Why the name Ember?
We chose Ember because we think it evokes the dying age of coal, but also the start of something new, as we move into a future powered by clean electricity.
What happened to Sandbag?
We were founded in 2008 as Sandbag to analyse and monitor the EU carbon market. We helped achieved real reform to the system. The EU Emissions Trading System now has a much higher carbon price which is meaningfully reducing emissions in the power sector, and beginning to have an impact on industry too.
However, carbon pricing is just one tool in the climate policy toolbox, and Europe is just one slice of global emissions. Since 2014, and the publication of our first report highlighting the problem of coal, our focus has been expanding. It’s become increasingly clear that the number one priority for avoiding the worst of the climate crisis is to achieve a rapid and global coal phase-out.
At the beginning of 2020 we re-branded as Ember, marking our new global reach and our laser focus on accelerating the electricity transition.
Read more about our work as Sandbag.
A new organisation named Sandbag, with separate governance, has been set up in Brussels to continue our work monitoring the European carbon market.