The European Fee is ready to current a legislative proposal on Thursday to pressure producers to make use of a standard charger for digital units, in accordance with a Fee official intently concerned within the file.
The proposal would require all producers to harmonize the charging factors on units — utilizing a USB-C charging level — and to make their software program protocol for quick charging interoperable between manufacturers and units.
The principle goal of the brand new laws is U.S. tech large Apple, which has pushed again in opposition to EU makes an attempt to standardize chargers by way of binding necessities, arguing that it’ll hamper innovation.
The brand new guidelines — which may also apply to tablets, headphones, cameras and loudspeakers — will “not harmonize all chargers instantly, however harmonize the charging factors on the units,” the official stated. The foundations will not apply to e-readers or wi-fi chargers.
The Fee goals to undertake the proposal subsequent yr and can give member international locations one yr to transpose it into home regulation, in accordance with the official. Producers could have one other yr to implement it, which means “it must be in place by mid-2024.”
Producers may also be required to cease promoting a charger with each new smartphone, as an alternative giving shoppers the selection to make use of their previous charger. The proposal, geared toward decreasing e-waste, acquired the assist of the European Parliament final yr.
The Fee expects the proposal to cut back the annual quantity of e-waste produced within the EU by 980 tons.