EU Moves To Standardize on USB-C

The European Union parliament and council decided Tuesday to require a standardized USB Type-C charger for all mobile phones, tablets, and cameras regardless of the gadget manufacturer.

The EU said the law aims to reduce electronic waste and make products more sustainable. It added that the law would benefit consumers, preventing them from buying different types of chargers when purchasing new devices.

The EU noted that chargers make up 11,000 tonnes of the annual e-waste.

“These new obligations will lead to more re-use of chargers and will help consumers save up to 250 million euros a year on unnecessary charger purchases,” the EU parliament stated in a press release.

Member of the European Parliament Andrey Kovatchev said that the law seemed ambitious. Kovatchev said the law would benefit consumers, providing them with a choice to buy new devices without new chargers.

The EU said the USB Type-C charger would be the standard charging port by mid-2024.

The law covers mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, earbuds, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles, and portable speakers. The EU would also require laptop manufacturers to comply with the law 40 months after its execution.

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