The European Union intends to introduce a common charger. The European Commission presented the bill which could oblige manufacturers to install the same charges for mobile phones, tablets and headphones on September 23. This was reported by the press service of the European Commission on Instagram.
“Today we put forward legislation to establish one common charging solution for portable electronic devices in the EU,” the message reads.
It was noted that on average, consumers own around three mobile phone chargers, but still report struggling to charge their phones due to incompatible chargers. Disposed of and unused chargers are estimated to pile up to 11,000 tonnes of e-waste every year.
With the proposal, USB-C will become the standard port for all portable electronics – increasing convenience for consumers and cutting down on waste.
It should be noted that the EU has been trying to introduce a single charge since 2009. According to the BBC, at the time more than 30 types of chargers were presented on the market.
In early September, during a visit to the United States, Zelensky met with Apple CEO Tim Cook. The head of state said that Ukraine was interested in expanding Apple's presence in the country and implementing new ambitious joint projects.