It seems that the European Union intends to persuade manufacturers of smart rechargeable electronics to use a USB-C charger for all their products.
The European Union has once again taken steps to integrate electronics chargers, and companies are expected to soon choose the USB-C charger as the standard way to charge their products. This decision significantly protects the environment and that users will not have to follow the policies of manufacturers.
For example, these days Apple is the only company to ship their phones with the Lightning port. Bazaar. The users of this company do not care much, their phones have the potential to improve, so they do not show much protest. As a result, Apple has always shied away from the EU and insisted on using the Lightning port. If this new EU policy is implemented, users will no longer have to use the Lightning port.
It was in September 2021 that the EU announced that it wanted to persuade smart electronics companies to meet a standard. Use the unit as a solution to charge your phones. Of course, this decision initially included only phones and tablets, but recently, with 43 positive votes and 2 negative votes, the request was approved that the same standard be used for charging laptops, handheld gaming consoles, cameras, etc. p>
Now we can say that almost every Android phone on the market uses a USB-C port. Of course, some very cheap and economical phones still have a Micro-USB port, but their number is decreasing day by day. Some laptops already use this port. However, there are many companies that need to integrate this port into their products, and the largest of them is Apple.
The European Union is concerned that users are constantly buying different chargers with different standards, as this will cause a large number of companies to produce chargers for different products, which will have a negative impact on the environment. This is why some people believe that removing the charger from the box of the phone was only for the sake of more profit and not to protect the environment, but it also happened to have a positive effect on this sector, otherwise there are much easier ways to protect the environment. The integration of chargers is one of them.
Forcing users to use a specific type of charger on some platforms was not very interesting either. Some of these users are forced to join an ecosystem, but sometimes they have to stay in it, and in doing so, they have to follow the decisions of the manufacturer, which has a special monopoly in various fields. Not only does this increase pollution, but it can also impose completely additional costs on the user. E-waste is generated only in Europe due to the use of various chargers. Now the crowded markets alone, which are several times larger than the European Union. It would be a much better idea to use a single charger to charge all of these devices. Although sometimes this is not possible, it will definitely be better in the worst case scenario.
This EU request does not include products that are too small to use a USB-C port. For example, smartwatches, health bracelets and similar products.
The European Parliament also expressed concern about the use of wireless chargers and called on the Continental Commission to consider legislation to prohibit the use of such devices. To take. Because it thinks some companies are using this method to evade the new law that is about to be enacted, forcing users to use proprietary chargers.
In May (another month), Parliament Europe will vote on the revised version of the petition, and what the outcome should be.
Source: Android Authority