The final agreements at the recent EU2030 Climate and Energy Negotiations were not as strong as we called for, and are a long way off what the scientists have said we need to make, but there were a few good outcomes.

1. The package includes  'at least' 40% reduction in emissions by 2030 on 1990 emission levels.  This isn't strong enough, but including 'at least' means there is scope to strengthen this target.

2. The energy produced by renewables is to increase to at least 27%

3. They set a non-binding target to reduce energy demand by at least 27%, through energy efficiency."Essentially we have locked the 27 other nation states in the EU into the same emissions reduction trajectory as set by the UK's Climate Change Act." said Mathew Spencer, Director of Green Alliance.

For a more in depth analysis see the Green Alliance Blog by Alistair Harper.

See also EURActive.com and and the BBC news item.