The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, has announced a new law that would force smartphone and other electronics makers to equip their devices with a standard USB-C charging port.
The proposal is designed to cut waste and make life easier for users who would theoretically be able to use one charger for their multiple devices. Under this proposal, users will be able to buy new devices without an included charger.
A spokesperson for Apple has said in response that, “We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world.”
EU forces use of USB-C port for iPhones and other electronics devices mandatory
He also added that “We look forward to continued engagement with stakeholders to help find a solution that protects consumer interest, as well as the industry’s ability to innovate and bring exciting new technology to users.”
The firm stands for “innovation and deeply cares about the customer experience.”
He further said that “We share the European Commission’s commitment to protecting the environment and are already carbon neutral for all of our corporate emissions worldwide.”
Smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi and Samsung have equipped some of their latest smartphones with USB-C connectors, while their older smartphone has micro-USB ports.
European Union Commissioner Thierry Breton also included the proposal that “Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices. With more and more devices, more and more chargers are sold that are not interchangeable or not necessary. We are putting an end to that.“
Thierry Breton added that “With our proposal, European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics – an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste.”
The proposal is part of a revised Radio Equipment Directive that will need to pass a vote in the European Parliament before it becomes law.
If it becomes law, manufacturers will eventually have two years to comply with the new rules. The parliament has already voted in favor of new rules on a common charger in early 2020, indicating that today’s proposal should have broad support.
The proposals follow a vote in the European Parliament in January 2020 when lawmakers voted for new rules on common chargers. As of 2016, the amount of e-waste produced across the bloc amounted to around 12.3 million metric tons.
It further added that “This directive aims to reduce the e-waste generated by the sale of radio equipment and to reduce the extraction of raw materials and the CO2 emissions generated by the production, transportation, and disposal of chargers, thereby promoting a circular economy.”
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