Type-C Charger for All! US Lawmakers Push for Universal Chargers for Smartphones and Other Portable Electronic Devices to Cut E-waste

Washington, June 18: After the European Commission announced that by 2024 a USB-C port would be used as a single charger to power a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, portable speakers and e-readers, U.S. lawmakers told the Department of Commerce requested the same and less environmental waste.

In a letter, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) demanded that the country develop a strategy to require a common charging port for all mobile devices. Type-C charger for everyone! EU law to force all portable electronic devices and mobile phones, including iPhones, to have a USB-C port to reduce electronic waste

The new EU law has the potential to significantly reduce e-waste and help consumers tired of rummaging through junk drawers full of confused chargers to find a compatible charger or buy a new one.

“The EU has wisely acted in the public interest by tackling powerful tech companies on this consumer and environmental issue. The United States should do the same,” the senators wrote to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

“We cannot allow the consumer electronics industry to prioritize proprietary and inevitably outdated charging technology over consumer protection and environmental health,” she added.

The average consumer owns about three cell phone chargers, and about 40 percent of consumers report that they “were unable to charge their cell phone at least once because the available chargers were not compatible.”

The lack of interoperability standards for charging and other device accessories also leads to e-waste and environmental damage.

“As specialty chargers become obsolete with the introduction of new products, or as consumers change the brand of phone or device they use, their outdated chargers are usually simply thrown away,” the senators lamented.

In 2019, people produced a staggering 53.6 million tons of e-waste, and only 17 percent of this waste was recycled.

Chargers that are thrown away or never used produce more than 11,000 tons of e-waste annually.

“This is a global problem, with a lasting impact on our environment and human health,” the senators wrote.

Contrary to EU law, US Senators are not asking the Department of Commerce to codify “USB-C” as the universal charging standard.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on June 18, 2022 4:41 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website Latestly.com).

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