European Parliament passed a law to introduce a Universal Mobile Device Charger

Mar 18, 2014 13:50 IST

European Parliament on 17 March 2014 passed a law to develop a common charger for all mobile phones sold in the continent of Europe. European Parliament had amended its radio equipment laws to develop a common charger for all mobile phones.

The law was approved by 550 votes to 12, with 8 abstentions.

The introduction of a common charger will serve the interests of both consumers and the environment. It will help to put an end to charger clutter and would reduce 51000 tonnes of electronic waste annually.

imageEuropean countries will have two years to transpose the rules into their national laws and manufacturers will have an additional year to comply. Negotiations with manufacturers to agree a common charger was started in 2009. It was expected that the universal charging configuration would come into force by 2017.

As per the Expert estimation there are some 30 different types of charger currently in the market. Phone makers such as Apple, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and ALCATEL have all signed an agreement to make their phones compatible with a single, USB style charger.

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