The European Union has reached an agreement to require all electronics companies to use the USB-C standard connector on 15 different product types, including phones, cameras, and headphones. This move is expected to reduce waste and decrease carbon emissions caused by the production, transportation, and disposal of chargers. The proposal document estimates that this change will save consumers 250 million Euros ($267,410), reduce material use by 2,600 metric tons each year, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by about 180 thousand metric tons per year.
While Apple has already adopted USB-C ports on its computers and tablets, it fought against the proposal, claiming it would harm European consumers by slowing down the introduction of beneficial innovations in charging standards. However, the shift would likely …
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