Europe launches bill requiring smartphone spare parts – News

Europe launches bill requiring smartphone spare parts – News
Europe launches bill requiring smartphone spare parts – News

The European Commission has launched a bill to make mobile phones and tablets more sustainable. This obliges manufacturers, among other things, to offer certain spare parts for a longer period of time.

With the proposal, the Commission aims to significantly extend the life of mobile phones and tablets. Manufacturers are required to provide spare parts for 15 parts for another 5 years after a model is launched. This includes the battery, screen and housing.

Label and software

The Commission is also demanding improvements to battery life. Phone and tablet batteries will have to withstand at least 500 full charges before capacity drops to 83 percent. To inform the consumer when purchasing, there will also be a labeling system with data about the battery life and water and drop resistance.

Manufacturers will also have to keep updating safety software for each model for up to five years after its sale has ended.

E-waste

With the plan, the Commission wants to reduce the mountain of electronic waste and reduce the use of valuable materials. The international NGO ECOS welcomes the proposal, but does not think it goes far enough. “While generally encouraging, these proposals still require significant improvement,” the organization says. ‘For example, the availability and replaceability of parts limits the options for do-it-yourself repairers.’

Technology umbrella organization Digital Europe thinks the plans go too far and argues that just more waste will be created. Nevertheless, major manufacturers opt for the flight ahead: Apple and Samsung, among others, have now started selling spare parts.

With the proposal, the Commission aims to significantly extend the life of mobile phones and tablets. Manufacturers are required to provide spare parts for 15 parts for another 5 years after a model is launched. This includes the battery, screen and housing. The Commission is also demanding improvements to battery life. Phone and tablet batteries will have to withstand at least 500 full charges before capacity drops to 83 percent. A labeling system with data on battery life, water resistance and drop resistance will also be introduced to inform consumers at the time of purchase. Manufacturers will also have to continue to update safety software for each model for up to five years after it has been discontinued. Commission to reduce the mountain of electronic waste and reduce the use of valuable materials. The international NGO ECOS welcomes the proposal, but does not think it goes far enough. “While generally encouraging, these proposals still require significant improvement,” the organization says. ‘The availability and replaceability of parts, for example, limits the options for do-it-yourself repairers.’Technology umbrella organization Digital Europe thinks the plans go too far and argues that just more waste will be created. Nevertheless, major manufacturers opt for the flight ahead: Apple and Samsung, among others, have now started selling spare parts.


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