It was reported last week that European parliament members were calling for Apple to adopt a universal charging method so as to tackle electronic waste. On Thursday, lawmakers ruled in favour of a common charger with a vote of 582-40 according to Reuters.
The European Commission is expected to draft this into law by July. Members of Parliament reached an agreement and suggested wireless charging could be beneficial to reducing waste. The lawmakers also urged the Commission to adopt rules making it possible for wireless charges to charge a lot of mobile devices. Apple had earlier responded against adopting a universal charger saying the move would stifle innovation and be disruptive for the market.
The European Commission has been pushing for a universal charging method for more than a decade. The main concern is that damaged cables create electronic waste in size of 51,000 tonnes annually.
The Commission got Samsung, Huawei, Nokia and Apple to sign a voluntary memorandum of understanding in 2009 towards a common charger for its mobile devices but this didn’t work out well. Members of Parliament want the new law forcing smartphone companies, especially Apple to adopt a universal charger.