EU Common Charger Wins Final Approval At European Parliament

USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras from Autumn 2024, thanks to new EU legislation passed by the European Parliament today.

In the final stages of negotiations, the legislation was extended to include devices such as e-readers, laptops, keyboards, handheld game consoles and earbuds. Irish Green MEPs Grace O’Sullivan and Ciarán Cuffe have welcomed the decision as a win for consumers and the environment.

Mobile phones, laptops, and tablets to use same charger from 2024..

Grace O’Sullivan, Green MEP for Ireland South, said; 

“This is legislation we have been demanding for years now, so it is great to see it get over the line. Over the years people were collecting all sorts of chargers and devices.

“In a time where we should be using our planet’s resources more carefully, it was utter madness to create this extra electronic waste. This is a really practical example of EU legislation being felt and seen by citizens on the ground.

“This is the type of work I like to see the EU doing, bringing the power back to citizens, while also reducing waste and pollution.”

Ciarán Cuffe, Green MEP for Dublin, said;

“The one-size-fits all charger is a game-changer that will soon be visible in the lives of everyone in Europe. It means a lot less hassle for consumers, but also significant cuts to e-waste, the fastest growing waste stream in the EU.

“The law is well-designed to keep up with technological advances too, including by harmonising charging speeds for fast charging devices, meaning any compatible charger will be able to charge a device at that same speed.

“We have been pushing for this deal for the best part of a decade, and I think it will mark a milestone on our journey to a circular economy.”

Ossian Smyth, Green Party Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, added;

“For the first time, European citizens will be able to use one single charger for all of their small and medium-sized electronic devices, reducing the need for multiple cables.

“The introduction of standardised charging ports is a significant development by the EU to reduce electronic waste and move towards a circular economy. Here in Ireland, measures in the Circular Economy Bill and the Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy will introduce a deposit and return scheme for cans and plastic bottles; cut the waste and litter related to disposable coffee cups; make business segregate their waste; and will catch fly-tippers with CCTV.”

The new law is expected to be felt by consumers within the next 2 years, with laptops joining the regulation later in 2026.

The European Commission estimates the changes will save consumers up to €250 million per year on unnecessary charger purchases.

(Source – Leitrim Observer – News – Lili Lonergan – 04/10/2022)

Phone chargers with USB-C connectors will be standard across EU by 2024

European Parliament approves new rules for mobile phones, tablets and cameras

The European Parliament approved new rules on Tuesday that will introduce a single charging port for mobile phones, tablets and cameras across the EU by 2024.

The new regulations are expected to affect iPhone maker Apple more than its rivals.

The vote confirms an earlier agreement among EU institutions and will make USB-C connectors used by Android-based devices the EU standard, forcing Apple to change its charging port for iPhones and other devices.

Among big providers of electronic devices to European customers, Apple is expected to be among the most affected, but analysts also expect a possible positive impact because it could encourage shoppers to buy the company’s latest gadgets instead of ones without USB-C.

The new rules will make USB-C connectors used by Android-based devices (right) the EU standard, forcing Apple to change its lightning charging port (left)

The deal also covers e-readers, ear buds and other technologies, meaning it may also have an impact on Samsung, Huawei and other device makers, analysts said.

Apple, Samsung and Huawei were not immediately available for comments.

Apple has in the past warned that the proposal would hurt innovation and create a mountain of electronics waste.

EU lawmakers supported the reform with a large majority, with 602 votes in favour and only 13 against.

The change had been discussed for years and was prompted by complaints from iPhone and Android users about having to switch to different chargers for their devices.

The European Commission has estimated that the single charger would save about €250 million for consumers.

Half the chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, while 29 per cent had a USB-C connector and 21 per cent a Lightning connector, which is used by Apple, a 2019 Commission study showed. — Reuters

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022

(Source – The Irish Times – Technology – Copyright Thomson Reuters – 04/10/2022)

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