A charger for the mobile, another for the tablet, a third for the digital camera, the game console, the headphones… And Europe says enough.
The European Union has decided to impose a universal USB-C type charger for all the devices that accompany us in our lives in the digital age from the fall of 2024.
But having a single charger for all electronic devices is not the only advantage. Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, explained that “this new standard will save more than 1,000 tons of electronic waste per year, They imagine? by a single standard… and also with an annual reduction of almost 200 kg of CO2, which is equivalent to 10 million smartphones and 2,600 tons of raw materials. And we know that today the situation of raw materials is more critical than ever.”
The regulations will prevent superfluous purchases and waste of materials. Portable computers, smart relays and small devices are saved from this standardization.s that do not support USB-C for technical reasons such as its size.
To reach this agreement, which must be formally endorsed by the European Council and Parliament, it has had to overcome resistance from powerful companies such as Apple, which still do not use USB-C.