The EU votes in favor of legislation that requires consumer electronics to provide a USB Type-C by 2024

The EU votes in favor of legislation that requires consumer electronics to provide a USB Type-C by 2 ...

The European Union (EU) has approved the bill that will require most portable consumer technology to utilize USB-C as the charging port by the end of 2024. Following spring 2026, the law will also extend to laptops.

Alex Agius Saliba, the rapporteur for the Parliament, said: "It''s a great thing."

In Europe, the common charger will be turned back. We have been waiting over ten years for these rules, but we can finally conclude by leaving the actual plethora of chargers in the past.

This future-proof law will enable for the development of new charging solutions in the future, and it will benefit everyone, from frustrated consumers to our fragile environment.

These are difficult times for politics, but we have shown that the EU has not been out of ideas or solutions to improve the lives of millions in Europe and incite other parts of the world to follow up.

The bill was proposed last year to reduce e-waste so customers won''t be forced to purchase new chargers every time they buy an electronic product. Many OEMs had already made USB Type-C a de-facto standard because of its unique fast charging technology and other benefits.

The devices currently affected by the legislation are:

The new legislation will have an impact on Apple devices the most, as they still feature the company''s own lightning port and cables.

The European Commission has said that it will also harmonize interoperability requirements for wireless chargers. This will be done to avoid "having a negative impact on the consumers" and to mitigate the "technological lock-in" effect where consumers become dependent on a single manufacturer.

Manufacturers may even set guidelines on the charging characteristics of new devices, thus making shoppers informed about whether or not to purchase a new charging device.