European Union recommend that all mobile phones and portable electronic devices sold in Europe adopt the same common charger port-USB-C
In January, the European Parliament voted 550-12 to recommend that all mobile phones and portable electronic devices sold in Europe adopt the same common charger port.
Lawmakers argue that a standard interface for chargers would not only reduce e-waste, but also help consumers save money.
In addition, the European Citizens for the Standardisation of the Environment, a European Union environmental group, has recommended the use of USB-C® as a unified charger interface.
Usb-c is the king of wired connectivity.
It can provide two-way data transmission and power supply, and the interface at both ends of the cable is not only thin and thin, and the left and right ends of the cable can be used arbitrarily without distinction.
Usb-c can also carry up to 100 watts of power, so usB-C can be used as a charger port for any electronic device.
According to the Global E-Waste Monitor, more than 1 million tons of chargers are shipped with consumer electronics each year.
This helps us understand what the impact of unifying the charger interface will be.
Not only would the EU's policy significantly reduce e-waste, it would also benefit consumers and device makers.
The uniform interface means that consumers can share the same charger with all their electronic devices.
Imagine how convenient it would be to carry your laptop, tablet, smartphone, camera, electric shaver and other electronics around with you, and to be able to charge all your devices using just one charger.
At the same time, electronics manufacturers can integrate the design of dozens of chargers into one type, helping to simplify their supply chains and reduce inventory risk.
In the long run, consumers can even opt out of the chargers supplied by the manufacturer when buying electronics.
This is a real "win-win" situation.
Charging technologies such as MicroUSB and wireless charging are also being considered for standardization.
Currently, however, only USB-C can deliver up to 100W of power, and it can also transmit data through the same interface.
Another reason for usB-C's popularity is that more than half of all new smartphones already come with a USB-C port.
In the coming months, the European Commission is expected to start considering legislation to harmonise charger interfaces.
Although the proposal applies only to the European Union, it could still reduce e-waste by up to 51,000 tonnes a year.
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