October 16, 2021

Sustainable Planets

European Commission: Proposed Legislation for Common Charger for Electronic Devices to Reduce E-Waste

The European Commission has appealed for a common charger for electronic devices in a bid to counter e-waste. The growing burden of electronic waste is caused by the wide range of different chargers for electronic devices that are incompatible.
It is estimated that about 420 million mobile phones along with other portable electronic devices were sold in the EU in 2020. On average, consumers are reported to own about three mobile phone chargers with most using two chargers regularly. Nevertheless, consumer inconvenience has been reported where nearly 38% of consumers experience difficulties charging their phones because of incompatibility with …