Imagining a single charger for all mobile devices is not a bad idea altogether and its novel. Thus the European Parliament has signed off on its proposal to force mobile phone makers to adopt a common charging standard.
A common charger should be developed for all mobile phones sold in the European market, to reduce waste, costs and hassle for users, said MEPs voting on an update to EU radio equipment laws on Thursday. This draft has already been informally agreed with the Council of Ministers.
MEPs called for a renewed effort to develop a common charger for certain categories of radio equipment, in particular mobile phones, because it would simplify their use and would reduce unnecessary waste and costs.
"The modernised Radio Equipment Directive is an efficient tool to prevent interference between different radio equipment devices. I am especially pleased that we agreed on the introduction of a common charger. This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment. It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually", said rapporteur Barbara Weiler (S&D, DE).
The draft law was approved by 550 votes to 12, with 8 abstentions. It will still have to be formally approved by the Council. The vote also means that European Union members have two years in which to implement the regulation, with 2017 the target date for compliance by mobe-makers.
But being said that, it remains a mystery how manufacturers like Apple who consider their chargers to be above standard quality, will tackle with the new supposed law of coming up with a common charger.