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New European Commission proposal could mean the return of removable batteries for smartphones

The European Commission will be able to compel device manufacturers such as smartphones and tablets to facilitate the process of replacing batteries and to generate less electronic waste. The proposal is part of Brussels' commitment to environmental sustainability, in order to ensure that consumers are able to use the equipment for longer and that they do not need to buy a new smartphone every time the battery is damaged.

The documents that the Dutch website Het Financieele Dagblad had access to indicate that the proposal will be presented in mid-March of this year by Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission and one of the main leaders of ecological policies in Europe.

Apparently, Brussels is finishing the proposal that could impose more sustainable production measures on manufacturers, such as the recycling of electronic materials. In addition, the European Commission will be able to pressure them to provide a longer warranty period.

The proposal could pressure manufacturers to indicate on the packaging how many microplastics will pollute the environment due to the use of their devices. Brussels could also create an initiative to collect electronic equipment and chargers that are no longer in use.

The news comes after the European Parliament approved, at the end of January, a measure that prevents a single charger for smartphones, tablets and other equipment.

The document states that the measure must ensure the interoperability of different wireless chargers with different mobile devices; increase the amount of cables and chargers collected and recycled in the Member States; and ensuring that consumers are no longer forced to buy a new charger with each new device. This is a strategy that aims to disconnect the purchase of new mobile equipment from chargers, but avoiding that consumers have to pay more.

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