Commission proposes one common charger for portable electronic devices
The Commission is revising the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU in order to establish one common charging solution for all relevant electronic devices in its efforts to stop unnecessary e-waste and improve consumers’ convenience.
The mobile phone chargers in the industry have already been reduced to three standard ones by voluntary industry agreement, however, the Commission still is of the opinion that this does not deliver a complete solution for consumers. The new proposal establishes USB-C as a standard port for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and handheld videogame consoles.
The Commission is also proposing to harmonise fast charging technology in order to avoid disparities in charging speeds, unbundle the sale of chargers from that of electronic devices to limit sales of unwanted chargers, and improve the information for consumers regarding charging performance so consumers will be better equipped to select a compatible charger with their device.
According to the Commission, the new proposal aims to benefit consumers, who in 2020 spent 2.4. billion euros in incompatible chargers, and reduce the environmental footprint associated with the manufacturing of chargers, thus playing an important part in reaching the EU’s green and digital ambitions.
The next step is for the European Parliament and the Council to adopt the revised Directive and address the interoperability of the external power supply issues in the review of the Commission’s Ecodesign Regulation, which will be launched later this year.