EU may be doing more to accelerate the advent of universal telephone charger

Aug

7

2018

European Commission, through Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition, has announced that European supervisors will investigate whether more action is needed to realize the arrival of a universal telephone charger.

According to the European Commission, there is a lack of progress on the part of the smartphone makers with the aim to achieve the introduction of a universal telephone charger. That is why EU supervisory authorities are planning to investigate whether action needs to be taken. Vestager said that recently in response to questions from an EU member state, writes Reuters .

The European Commission is not happy with the current situation, where there is a voluntary approach and developments must come mainly from the manufacturers. In the short term, a study will be set up to examine the costs and benefits of other approaches.

Not only convenience for consumers is a reason that the EU is trying to pursue the goal of a universal charger; the Commission also mentions the mountain of over 51,000 tons of electronic waste in the form of old chargers, which is produced annually.

In 2009 , fourteen manufacturers, such as the then Nokia, Samsung and Apple, signed a voluntary agreement, so that phones would receive a micro-usb connection for a universal charger. This memorandum of understanding , however, expired at the end of 2012 and the industry did not extend it , except for a few signed letters of intent from 2013 and 2014.

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