EU makes USB-C charger mandatory for all mobile devices

Brussels says the move will reduce electronic waste by 11,000 tons a year

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European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton speaks during a media conference on a common charging solution for mobile phones at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. The European Union unveiled plans Thursday that would require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile devices. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

The European Union will make USB-C connectors mandatory for charging all mobile devices, Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton announced in a move likely to upset U.S. tech giant Apple.

Starting in 2024, rechargeable mobile phones and headsets, tablets, e-book readers, digital cameras, video game consoles, and portable speakers will be available in the member states with a single USB-C connector, regardless of manufacturer. And from 2026, laptops will also only be available with such a connector.

This means that customers will need a single universal cable to recharge all their portable devices.

EU consumers could save up to a quarter of a billion euros a year from not having to purchase different charging cables and save 11,000 tons of electronic waste a year, according to Brussels’ calculations.

“We have a deal on the common charger,” Thiery Breton said in a Brexit agreement, the EU ruling will apply to Northern Ireland but not to England, Wales or Scotland.

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