The European Parliament just released more details on their plans for 2023. In the next year, the European Union (EU) continue to prioritize decarbonization, energy, and the circular economy as part of its efforts to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and create more energy independence.
The EU aims to decarbonize all sectors of the economy in order to achieve its climate goals. In 2023, MEPs will vote on a range of measures to reduce carbon emissions, including new CO2 standards for cars and vans, the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels, a new framework for an internal hydrogen market, the reduction of methane emissions and fluorinated greenhouse gases, and more ambitious targets for the emissions trading system.
Renewable energy will play a key role in the EU’s efforts to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and achieve climate neutrality. In 2023, the EU will work towards increasing the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 40% by 2030. The EU will also set more ambitious targets for reducing energy use at the EU level.
As part of its move towards a circular economy, the EU will work on new ecodesign requirements for specific product groups such as kitchen appliances, computers and servers, electric motors, and tyres. These requirements will aim to make these products more durable, reusable, and less harmful to the environment. The EU will also set targets to reduce food waste and develop a new strategy to make textiles more reusable and recyclable.
In addition to these focus areas, the EU will also address a range of other issues in 2023, including digital transformation, migration, and online security. For example, the EU will discuss rules on cryptocurrencies and artificial intelligence, and will work on proposals regarding the European Commission’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum.
Overall, the EU’s plans for 2023 demonstrate its commitment to addressing a wide range of challenges and promoting a more sustainable and efficient use of resources. By prioritizing decarbonization, energy, and the circular economy, as well as addressing other important issues, the EU aims to create a more sustainable future for all its citizens.