From 2024, one type of USB-C cable will be mandatory for all mobile phones and other small and medium-sized portable electronic devices – the European Commission reminded on social media. The changes will come in stages. Ultimately, consumers will be able to use one charger for all mobile devices.
European parliament approved new regulations in early October 2022. According to them, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the European Union will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port. In spring 2026, laptops will also be subject to this requirement.
She reminded us about the upcoming changes European Commission.
“We have finally arrived! From 2024, one type of USB-C cable will be mandatory for all electronic devices in the EU. In the new year, you will no longer hear: ‘Sorry, I don’t have the right plug’,” we read in a post on X (formerly Twitter) . “This is the perfect culmination of the 30th anniversary of the EU Single Market,” added the EC.
One charger for all electronic devices in the EU
The directive stipulates that, regardless of brand, all new mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and earphones, portable game consoles and speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems and laptops that are charged by wire and which operate with a power supply of up to 100 W, they will need to have a USB Type C port.
The new rules will not apply to products that entered the market before the provisions of the directive began to apply.
“These regulations are part of the EU’s efforts to reduce the amount of electronic waste. They will allow consumers to make choices that will not harm the environment,” we read in the EP’s press release. According to estimates, this will save up to EUR 250 million per year on the purchase of unnecessary chargers. The cited data show that thrown away and unused chargers constitute 11,000 tons of electronic waste annually in the EU.
At the same time, it was recalled that the European Parliament had repeatedly called for the introduction of universal chargers. “However, cooperation with the electronics sector on voluntary solutions to reduce the number of chargers for mobile devices has not brought any tangible benefits to EU consumers,” it was pointed out.
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