The European Commission may 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 this year by Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission and one of the main leaders of ecological policies in Europe.
Apparently, Brussels will be finalizing the proposal that could impose on manufacturers more sustainable production measures, such as the recycling of electronic materials. In addition, the European Commission may pressure them to provide a longer warranty period.
The proposal could put pressure on 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 imposes 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 the chargers, while avoiding that consumers have to pay more.