Last week the European Commission again discussed the issue related to the adoption and standardization of the charger for mobile devices, an issue that has been going on since 2009. The main smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung and Huawei, signed a memorandum understanding, voluntarily committing to reach a conclusion to share the carrier system.
At the last meeting in Strasbourg, the need for binding legislation was reinforced, with goals and objectives for the introduction of unique chargers for both mobile phones and other mobile equipment. The European Union estimates the accumulation of 50,000 tonnes of shippers that become obsolete annually. But this is an idea that Apple contests, advancing with a different view, that the shift to the standard system will generate waste.
The apple company today took the challenge of the measure, quoted by Reuters, feeling that it is the technology that will be most affected by the measure. He argues that the move on his part would mean throwing into the trash one billion chargers and equipment based on the Lightning entrance, thereby creating an unprecedented volume of electronic waste.
We believe that the regulation that was the compliance between the connections of all smartphones limit innovation, instead of encouraging it, in addition to putting consumers in Europe and its economy in general at risk, it stands out in its statements. For the company led by Tim Cook there is no need for regulation, since outside the Apple universe, the industry is establishing itself around USB-C.
To support its point of view, Apple requested a Copenhagen Economics study, which showed the dangers for consumers if the regulation goes ahead. The change would cost 1.5 billion euros, a far greater weight than the projected 13 million euros in environmental benefits.
The European Commission is also carrying out a study on the impact of the eventual adoption of the unique shape of the chargers. It is promised to be published in late January, early February.