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Wednesday, 17 July 2024 – 21:34

European Parliament calls for universal charger

The European Parliament has called for tech companies including Apple to be forced into adopting a universal charger in an effort to reduce e-waste.

There are currently three main types of chargers in use for phones, including the lightning cables for Apple handsets, USB-C cables for some newer devices and micro-USB cables which are widely used on non-Apple devices.

Over the last decade, the number of different types of chargers in use has significantly decreased, however, the world still generates 50 million tonnes of electronic waste a year, according to MEPs.

It is thought that the European Commission is looking into a range of options including both regulatory and non-regulatory measures to try and reduce waste. On Thursday, a resolution passed with 582 voting in favour of a motion for the European Commission to create and publish an impact assessment on introducing a common charger.

The resolution also suggested that wireless charging could prove beneficial, but only if they work with a wide variety of devices. An impact assessment is due to be published in late 2020, at which point the European Parliament may decide to pursue legislation for enforcing a universal charger or other options.

Apple has said that legislation to force a universal charger would be ‘unwarranted’ and ‘stifles innovation rather than encouraging it’. 

Lawmakers in Europe have been arguing for a universal charger for years, but are yet to achieve one.


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