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Monday, 13 January 2020 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Common charger for mobile radio equipment (debate)

  Petra De Sutter (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, who else knows this problem? Over the years, we have all accumulated a bunch of different mobile chargers, and that’s not only because we switched brands. Often newer models of the same brand also came with a different charger. What is the result? More than 51 000 tonnes of so—called e-waste per year, according to the Commission estimates. The environment does not benefit from this.

When we forget our charger, only people that have the same mobile phone can help us out so the consumer does not benefit from this either. Only the industry does, some companies more than others, as we all know, because the larger part of the industry is moving towards USB C, but some stubborn pupils in the classroom keep on refusing. We cannot let the interests of private profit overrule the interests of our people and the planet. When what is good for the consumer coincides with what is good for the environment, we need to seize that opportunity.

In conclusion, Commissioner, please come forward with a sustainable solution as fast as possible. We have already lost too much time.

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