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EU agreement on universal battery charger

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(ANSA) – BRUSSELS, JUN 07 – The European institutions have reached a political agreement for the introduction of a universal charger for all mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras. This was announced by the Internal Market Commission of the European Parliament announcing that by autumn 2024, USB-C will become the common charging port for all mobile devices in the EU.

The directive envisages using a common USB-C charging point for all mobile devices and making charging software protocols interoperable between brands.

In order to reduce electronic waste, also stop the sale of new chargers for each device: consumers will have the possibility to use their old cables.

The directive stipulates that mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, earphones, digital cameras, headphones and earphones, portable video game consoles and portable speakers that are rechargeable via wired cable must be equipped with a USB-C port, regardless of the manufacturer. Laptops will also need to be upgraded to the requirements within 40 months of entry into force. the European Parliament, which estimates that “disposed and unused chargers represent approximately 11 thousand tons of electronic waste per year” (ANSA).

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Source: Ansa

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