The USA lawmakers look forward to adopt type-C charger, like Europe

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Type-C charger

After the European Commission announced the adoption of a USB-C port as a single charger to power a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, portable speakers and e-readers by 2024, US lawmakers have called on the Commerce Department to do the same and reduce 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 on all mobile devices.

New EU legislation has the potential to drastically reduce e-waste and help consumers who are tired of having to rummage through drawers full of tangled chargers to find a compatible charger or buy a new one.

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

“We cannot allow the consumer electronics industry to prioritize proprietary and inevitably obsolete charging technology at the expense of consumer protection and environmental health,” they added.

The average consumer owns around three mobile phone chargers and around 40% of consumers say that at least once they “couldn’t charge their mobile phone because the chargers available were incompatible”.

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obsolete with the introduction of new products, or as consumers change the brand of phone or device they use, their outdated chargers are usually simply thrown away,” the senators lamented.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, humans generated a staggering 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste, and only 17% of that waste was recycled.

Discarded or never-used chargers generate more than 11,000 tonnes of electronic waste per year.

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

Unlike European law, US senators are not asking the Department of Commerce to codify “USB-C” as a universal charging standard.

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