Belgium, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) The European Commission welcomed EP and member states’ support for its standardisation plan for electronics.
The body proposed standardisation of chargers for electronic devices in September last year to limit environmental impact while allowing room for innovation, it noted in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the plan, all mobile telephones, digital cameras, tablets, headphones, keyboards and other peripheral equipment is to charge through USB-C ports from 2024, while the deadline for laptops is 2026.
Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, pointed out that “one common charges is a real benefit to us as consumers” and added that planned standardisation will help the environment.
She welcomed the support of EU member states and the EP for the move.
Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market, noted that “a common charger is common sense for the many electronic devices on our daily lives.”
“Thanks to our strong political commitment, we found an agreement in less than 9 months,” he added and continued “European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics – an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste.”
No obstacle to innovation
Breton predicted that planned standardisation will save consumers some 250 million euro annually while allowing new technologies to emerge. Breton stressed that innovation should not be a “source of market fragmentation and consumer inconvenience.”
The Commission stressed that the move will allow consumers to use the same charger for their electronics irrespective of the brand as well as prevent some manufacturers from limiting charging speed.
It added that consumers will no longer have to buy a new charger with their new electronic device, which will limit the wasteful reality of multiple unwanted, unneeded and unused chargers in drawers.
The Commission pointed out that it plans to keep an eye on available technologies with the aim of proposing further standardisation, stressing that European Standardisation Organisations will be in charge of finding appropriate solutions.
The body concluded that electronic devices other than laptops will have to be standardised in two years after new rules are adopted, while laptops will have to adhere to the new standard 40 months after adoption.