it’s validated, there will be a single charger by the end of 2024

The USB-C type port will therefore have to become the only charger for portable electronic devices sold in the EU by autumn 2024.

USB-C will therefore become the standard charger by autumn 2024.


Not just phones

This obligation will apply to mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, headphones, digital cameras, wireless headphones, portable video game consoles, GPS devices, computer keyboards and mice, as well as than portable speakers. And this, regardless of their manufacturer. Laptops will also be affected in the first half of 2026.

While there were still around thirty different models around ten years ago, the number of types of existing chargers for new electronic devices has already gradually been greatly reduced. They are now three in number: the Micro USB connector that has long equipped the majority of phones, USB-C, a more recent connection, and Apple’s Lightning charging technology.

Once the last purely procedural endorsement of the Council of the EU (Member States) and the publication of the law in the Official Journal, European countries will have two years to implement it. So by fall 2024.

Purchase with or without charger

“This transition period should allow manufacturers to adapt their production chain,” explained Margrethe Vestager, Vice-President of the European Commission. In addition, consumers will now have the choice of buying a new electronic device with or without a charger.

The text also harmonizes fast charging technology to prevent the charging speed from being restricted when using a charger from a brand different from the device. As it becomes more and more widespread, wireless charging will also have to meet interoperability requirements by the end of 2024, which the European Commission must harmonize.

Less waste and savings

The deployment of a single loader “will represent at least 200 million euros in savings per year for European consumers and will enable the reduction of more than one million tonnes of waste each year”, underlined Margrethe Vestager.

According to European institutions, discarded or unused chargers currently account for around 11,000 tonnes of electronic waste per year. But “it’s the very small part visible in the iceberg in the environmental impact of digital technology”, noted French environmentalist MEP David Cormand, referring to “planned obsolescence” or the low “durability” and “repairability” electronic devices.

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