Europe to force manufacturers, including Apple, to use USB-C as a universal charger from 2024

This will be the universal charger for mobile phones, tablets, electronic books, digital cameras, game consoles and headphones in the European Union.

09 October 2022 08.58

Last week, the European Parliament (EP) gave the definitive green light for the USB-C type charger is the single model for all electronic devices in the European Union from autumn 2024the end of a political battle of more than a decade in Brussels to reduce the electronic waste generated by the lack of harmonization.

By 602 votes in favor, 13 against and 8 abstentions, MEPs gave the green light to the agreement reached in June to unify the use of USB-C in mobile phones, tablets, electronic books, digital cameras, game consoles and headphones, something that will be mandatory two years after this legislation is adopted in products marketed after that date.

The current system, in which USB 2.0 Micro B, USB-C and Lightning (exclusive to Apple) share space thanks to a voluntary agreement in 2009, still contributed to generating up to 11,000 tons of electricity per year. electronic wasteaccording to the estimates of the European Commission.


The new regulation aims to tackle this figure by allowing consumers to buy new electronic devices without having to purchase an additional charger (which save citizens up to 250 million euros per year in unnecessary chargers) and also matches the speed for devices that allow fast charging, regardless of the charger being used.

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Laptops will initially not be bound by the new standards, but will have to comply no later than three and a half years after the standard comes into force (that is, around mid-2028).

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The MEP who has led the negotiation, the Maltese Social Democrat Alex Agius Saliba, staged the change before the Chamber with a box full of cables on one side of the podium and a single USB-C charger on the other side.

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This is the past, he said, pointing to the box, and this is the future, he affirmed, with the single cable in his hand.


We have waited over ten years for this law, but the plethora of current chargers will soon be a thing of the past. The regulations allow the development of innovative charging solutions and benefit everyone, from consumers, fed up with changing chargers, to the environmenthe said later.

Also the vice president of the European Commission in charge of Competition, Margrethe Vestager, shared on her Twitter a photo with dozens of tangled cables and stated that in autumn 2024, the times when we had to fight with many different chargers will begin to become in a memory of a strange past time, of unnecessary cost and inconvenience.

*Published in Forbes Colombia, with information from EFE

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