After more than a decade working to reform and improve the EU carbon market, the team’s focus has shifted, and since October last year, all seven of our analysts have been working full-time on coal phase-out.
It’s time for a fresh start, with a new mission:
To accelerate the global electricity transition from coal to clean.
Why we changed our name from Sandbag to 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.
We’re bringing the Sandbag ethos with us though. We’re driven by evidence, not ideology and we’ll be using our data and analysis to advance ambitious energy & climate policies.
To avoid catastrophic climate change, the EU needs a coal power phase-out by 2030, and the rest of the world soon after. We’re going to work flat out to make that happen – and without an expansion in fossil gas or unsustainable biomass. We’ll also continue to support carbon pricing as one of many policies needed to drive down power sector emissions.
The Sandbag brand will be retained by a new separate legal entity which has been set up in Belgium. Sandbag ASBL will continue our work on the EU’s carbon market policy and industrial decarbonisation. You can find their website here: sandbag.be
We’re growing. We’ll be advertising for a series of roles over the next few months, including European and International power sector analysts, and comms experts. Check them out here.
Our first report as Ember: The Global Electricity Review
Building on our annual EU Power Sector Review, we’re very proud of our first Global Electricity Review. It’s the most ambitious data-gathering project we’ve ever taken on, and we’re pretty excited with the results!