During the May plenary session of Parliament, MEPs adopted their position on the amended Radio Equipment Directive to establish a common charger for electronic devices in order to reduce e-waste.
The new rules would mean consumers will not need a new charger and cable every time they buy a new device, and can use one charger for all of their small and medium-sized portable electronic devices, a USB-C charger. Mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers that are rechargeable via a wired cable would have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of the manufacturer. Exemptions would apply only for devices that are too small to have a USB-C port, such as smart watches, health trackers, and some sports equipment.
MEPs also asked to see clear information and labelling on new devices about charging options, and whether a product includes a charger. This would help consumers make better purchasing decisions.
MEPs want the European Commission to present a strategy by the end of 2026 that allows for any new charging solutions to work in conjunction with each other in order to avoid a new market fragmentation and continue to reduce environmental waste.
Parliament is now ready to start talks with EU governments on the final shape of the legislation.
To read the proposal, please click here.