European Parliament and Council of Europe negotiators reached an interim agreement in June to implement a common charger deployment policy from autumn 2024. Yesterday, the European Parliament voted in favor of implementing this directive with a majority of 602 votes in favor, 13 votes against and 8 abstentions.
Accordingly, from late 2024 onwards, USB-C will become the standard port required for all smartphones, tablets and cameras available in the European Union. Also, the use of this connector for laptops will be mandatory from the spring of 2026. The next step is for the European Council to approve the new directive before it goes into effect.
The new law also covers a wide range of small and medium-sized electronic devices such as headphones, portable speakers, handheld video game consoles, e-readers, keyboards, mice and portable navigation systems. Devices such as health trackers and sports equipment that cannot use the USB-C port due to their very small size; For now, they will be exempted from this new law.
Alex Agius Saliba from the European Parliament commented: “Using a common charger can finally become a real phenomenon in Europe. We have been waiting for more than 10 years to set these rules; But eventually we can ditch a lot of current chargers. This forward-looking legislation will enable the development of innovative charging ideas in the future and will benefit everyone from consumers to our vulnerable environment.”
The long-term goal of the new law is to help consumers reduce the amount of e-waste they generate and increase the sustainability of the electronic equipment they use. Fast and wireless charging standards will also be standardized for products sold in the European Union over the next year. According to the European Parliament’s estimates, the implementation of the new law will save consumers 250 million euros annually, while reducing the amount of electronic waste produced by about 11,000 tons.