The European Union’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee decided last week to adopt USB Type-C as the union’s standard charging connector, with 43 votes in favor and 2 against. This decision is part of the Radio Equipment Directive and means that now USB-C will become the standard for charging a wide variety of electronic devices.
The charging standard will apply to what the committee calls small and medium-sized electronic devices, which includes mobile phones, tabledollar series, digital cameras, headsets, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers. Exemptiondollarser will apply to small-sized devices such as smart saadollarser, health tracking devices and some sports equipment.
The directive needs to be approved by the EU parliament, which will meet in May. There will be a transition period before this process can be implemented, and the new requirements are not expected to be implemented until early 2024. In addition to the new resolution, Members of Parliament also want to see clear labeling on devices as to how much power they can deliver. This is good for EU citizens as some consumers may find it difficult to identify some devices. Members, on the other hand, would like to see a clear label on the product packaging whether a charger is provided or not.
Members of the European Parliament have requested a study by late 2026 to ensure compatibility between wired devices as well as wireless charging standards yellow. The main purpose of this whole process is to prevent market fragmentation, reduce e-waste and prevent the consumer from being “locked-in” to proprietary feedollar shipping standards.
As a further information, it has been reported that the European Union generates between 11 and 13 thousand tons of e-waste per year from chargers alone.