The European Union has voted to push ahead with the plan to introduce a universal charging standard for the majority of electronic devices.
MEPs in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee voted 43 to 2 to approve a report which was tabled by Maltese MEP Alex Agius Saliba.
This gives him a mandate to start negotiating with the EU Council and European Commission on a final text. Once negotiations are concluded and law passed, companies will have nine months to implement the rules.
This means that all mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, portable speakers and even handheld video game consoles will be charged via USB-C.
This will be dramatically cutting electronic waste, with manufacturers who use proprietary charging standards forced to make the switch for EU-sold devices.
Agius Saliba addressed a press conference on Wednesday, saying that research indicates that around 11,000 to 13,000 tonnes of electronic waste is being generated per year as a result of different chargers.
Three different chargers remain on the market after a voluntary initiative was taken years ago to reduce the amount of waste. This next move will cut the production by an incredible amount, and will help consumers re-use old electronics, save money and reduce inconveniences.