MEPs have overwhelmingly backed a new law that will introduce a common charger for electronic devices across the EU.
The new law was adopted by the European Parliament today (4 October), with 602 votes in favour, 13 against, and eight abstentions.
The plan is part of a broader EU effort to reduce electronic waste, and to enable consumers to make more sustainable choices.
Under the new rules, all mobile phones, tablets, and cameras sold in the EU will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port by the end of 2024. From spring 2026, the obligation will extend to laptops.
All devices that support fast charging will now have the same charging speed, allowing users to charge their devices at the same speed with any compatible charger.
The European Commission has estimated that the new rules will save consumers up to €250 million a year on unnecessary purchases of chargers.
Disposed-of and unused chargers are thought to account for about 11,000 tonnes of waste a year in the EU.
“This future-proof law allows for the development of innovative charging solutions in the future, and it will benefit everyone – from frustrated consumers to our vulnerable environment,” said rapporteur Alex Agius Saliba.
The EU Council will have to formally approve the directive on the issue before it is published in the EU Official Journal. It will enter into force 20 days after publication.
Member states will then have 12 months to transpose the rules, and 12 months after the transposition period ends to apply them.