European Union plans on reducing the number of electronic waste produced – better late than never, since the business is estimated to produce 51 tons of electronic trash per year. One of the steps that the Union wants to take in order to reach this goal is standardising smartphone’s chargers. UE wants all the smartphones to use the USB-C standard. There is a long way for this to happen, though; many lesser models are still using the microUSB plug-in, while Apple is adamant about keeping to its Lightning plug-in. EU wants to combat this by a mix of new laws and, if needed, penalties, although both are in the phase of planning at the moment.
Whether or not European Union will get what it wants, we will see.