Parliament confirm EU common charger by 2024

Members of the European Parliament have approved the amended directive from june of this year. With 602 votes in favour, 13 against and 8 abstentions, this new law approves an EU common charger by the end of 2024. Laptops will have a longer transition period until spring of 2026. Under this law, all small devices with a power delivery up to 100W will be required to use USB-C for their charging port. This measure is intended to simplify things for consumers and reduce e-waste. It is estimated that this measure will save 250 Million a year by eliminating the need to buy more chargers. About 11’000 tonnes of e-waste is generated by chargers every year.

The European Council will now have to formally approve the directive before it is published in the EU Official Journal. It will enter into force 20 days after this. Member states are granted 12 months to introduce this into their national law and a further 12 months to implement the EU common charger. The rules only apply to devices introduced after the law enters into force.

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