Apple fighting EU push to standardize device chargers
The European Union is considering a law to reduce electronic waste by standardizing device chargers. Apple is pushing back, saying the industry is already moving toward common standards.complaint by Spotify Technology alleging Apple favors its own music service, and is asking questions about its Apple Pay product. The initiative comes as the EU is pursuing a sweeping economic transformation, dubbed the “Green Deal,” across the 28-nation bloc. It plans to impose stricter emissions standards on industries, energy taxes and tougher air quality standards. Electronic waste is expected to grow to more than 12 million tons by 2020, according to the EU, making it one of the fastest growing so-called waste streams. “The amount of cables and chargers produced and thrown away each year is simply unacceptable,” Roza Thun und Hohenstein, vice chair of the European Parliament’s internal market committee, said in a parliamentary debate this month. She urged the commission to unveil a legislative proposal within six months. Advertisement The commission is set to release the results of a study it launched assessing the effect of a common charger on consumers by the end of January. Apple said forcing through regulatory changes would disrupt hundreds of millions of active devices and accessories in Europe alone and would create “an unprecedented volume of electronic waste.” The EU in 2009 settled on a voluntary, industry standards-based approach to try to harmonize chargers after considering regulation. Had the EU mandated that all smartphones use only USB-Micro B connectors, that would have restricted advances leading to today’s chargers, which allow for sleeker and smaller gadgets and faster charging times, Apple said. The Cupertino, Calif., company said the industry is also Read more: Los Angeles Times
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