EU proposes new rules to make phones and tablets last longer

The legislative arm of the has new rules for the repair of mobile phones and tablets. It states that manufacturers should make at least 15 components available for at least five years after the launch of a new phone in the EU. Within that timeframe, consumers could replace parts such as batteries, displays, chargers, back covers, and SIM and memory card trays Remarks.

The European Commission is also eyeing improvements in battery life. It states that phone and tablet batteries should last at least 500 full charges before dropping below 83 percent of their capacity. Under the proposed rules, phones would need to have a label listing information such as battery life and drop and water resistance.

The idea like that emphasizes is to reduce e-waste and the environmental impact of phones and tables. According to a study, extending smartphone lifecycles by five years would mean taking around 5 million cars off the road in terms of emissions. The proposal suggests that phones and tablets become more recyclable and repairable to reduce the energy consumption costs associated with their manufacture and use by a third.

Smartphone makers have hit back at some elements of the rules, claiming that greater availability of parts would increase plastic consumption. “Potential overproduction, subsequent stockpiling and destruction of spare parts naturally leads to wasted resources, reduced material efficiency and negative economic value, ultimately leading to higher costs for the consumer,” said Digital Europe, an organization bringing together technology companies and trade groups represents .

Still, some phone manufacturers try to preempt such regulations by offering consumers components and tools to repair their devices themselves. , and have all started making parts for phones and .

The proposed rules would also affect software updates. Manufacturers would have to provide security updates for five years after they stop selling a device, and provide feature updates for at least three years.

Back in June, the EC set USB-C as the charging standard for most electronic devices, including all phones, by fall 2024. Some tech companies had long opposed such a move, most notably Apple, which uses the proprietary Lightning charger for many of its wearable devices.

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