In a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Senators Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders asked the government agency to prepare a one-device charger regulation that applies to all mobile phones.
“The European Union is wisely acting in the public interest by confronting technology companies on consumer and environmental concerns. The United States should do the same,” the Senators said. The Verge.
The letter comes a week after the European Union passed a new rule that would force all smartphones and tablets to use a USB-C port by the fall of 2024.
In the letter, the senators argued that specialized chargers like Apple’s Lightning port created massive amounts of electronic waste and burdened consumers with buying new chargers, especially those with devices from several different brands.
“Year after year, Americans pile their old chargers into landfills while we spend more money on technology companies for new chargers,” Markey said in a statement Thursday.
“This waste irritates consumers, and it pushes our planet further into the climate crisis. I ask the Department of Commerce to follow in the footsteps of the European Union and find solutions so we can save our money, our sanity and our planet,” he added.
However, the senators are not asking for USB-C as a charging standard like the European Union, but are asking for a “comprehensive strategy” so they can develop their own standard.
The European Union will enforce a USB-C single charger or charger rule from 2024. This rule makes USB-C the charging standard for various devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.