15 July 2020

One Charger To Fit Them All: Using ecodesign to deliver an ambitious common charger initiative

This report contributes to the ongoing policy debate on the best way forward towards achieving the objectives of the newly announced common charger initiative. It determines the reasons behind past policy failures and examines the technology trends, considering how these are likely to impact consumers, the market and the environment in the future.

In our paper, we put forward a package of innovative ecodesign policies which, if implemented, could result in savings of around 29,000 tonnes of e-waste per year, as much as over 70 International Space Stations would weigh if put together. In addition, it would also reduce the associated greenhouse gas emissions by over 1,800 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent, which corresponds to some 1 million cars being taken off our roads.

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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