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The influence of a standardised charger on Europe’s secondary market of France has long championed the cause for a universal charger across Europe, and their efforts are now bearing fruit! With a 15-year track record of battling resource waste, is related to witnessing the rollout of the universal charger and advocates for rigorous adherence to the new standards.

In line with a new European directive, from December 28, 2024, the introduction of smartphones and other minor electronics without a USB Type-C charging interface will be prohibited in the European market. This initiative is designed to encourage local circular economies by precluding the import of non-USB-C gadgets from Asia or the US. is hopeful that this development will escalate the residual values of products retailed in Europe, leading to an uptick in local exchanges and refurbishments. The universal charger’s benefits are considerable, notes, including the decarbonization of our digital sphere, an estimated €250 million in savings for consumers, and a fortified European trade balance.

Nonetheless, potential hazards exist, including inadvertent damage to Europe’s secondary market and the issue of consistent enforcement across EU nations. Although this directive moves us towards a more sustainable future, with decarbonisation, savings and an improved economical trade balance, it is crucial to confront these challenges and guarantee equitable application throughout the European Union.

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