Announced by Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, and Alex Agius Saliba (S&D, Malta), Rapporteur for the European Parliament on the matter, this directive will not only apply to smartphones but a wide range of products. Tablets, e-readers, earbuds, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles, portable speakers and portable navigation devices will also have to use USB-C ports with laptops having to conform in 2026.
In its communication, the European Commission presents the common charging solution as a win for consumers and the environment: it is expected to contribute to potential consumer savings of 250 million euro a year and a reduction in e-waste related to mobile charging devices (estimated as 11.000 tonnes per year).
The Commission also recognised the need to ensure that innovation in wireless charging continues and does not become stifled by the common charger solution. This is where standardization organisations like CEN and CENELEC can play a key role also on future developments: the Commission has pledged to issue a mandate to develop harmonised standards in wireless charging within 24 months after the new rules enter into force.
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