Manufacturers will be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission. USB-C cables interconnect hosts and devices, replacing various other electrical cables and connectors. USB-C is an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power on a single cable. All smartphones sold in the EU must have USB-C chargers, the proposal said. In fact, the proposed rules will apply also to: tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, video games consoles. The changes would apply to the charging port on the device body, whereas the end of the cable connecting to a plug could be USB-C or USB-A. The goal is to reduce waste by encouraging consumers to re-use existing chargers when buying a new device. It may be good for consumers but not all the devices producing companies are happy.
“We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world,” Apple declared, as they use a custom charging port on its iPhone series. The Commission’s research estimates that disposed of and unused charging cables generate more than 11,000 tonnes of waste per year. As in 2009, there were more than 30 different chargers. However, even if adopted, the changes could take a number of years to come into effect. The European Commission hopes that will happen in 2022.