Monday, October 18, 2021

Europe wants to stop charging your smartphones with electricity, just like your phone has with your microwave

Imagine getting to bed and plugging your mobile device in. But then you open your Kindle and find it recharged. The clock on your smartphone is even adjusted. As a result, you missed your appointments, you have more accidents at work, you have an influx of data. The European Union wants to curtail any of this by introducing a universal power socket.

Patricia Schultz, the director of the EU commission’s energy efficiency and climate action unit, told the Financial Times it is “absolutely a complex issue that has to be solved because something like 1,000 phones have to be charged overnight.”

That power socket could only be found in Europe — at least according to the EU — and would ultimately replace 40 percent of the region’s carbon-based electrical supply. It would, in other words, be an important move for the environment and, hopefully, could inspire more battery technology as well.

Plus, in the era of coal-powered byproducts and the methane gas emitted by vehicles, the effort could improve the fuel mix in Europe. In the long term, the continent could also start offering bulk discounts to consumers with electric vehicles, which could cut down on carbon emissions while growing market share for companies such as Nissan.

“The commissioners have argued that we should focus on reducing the carbon intensity of energy supply rather than emissions in the system, and of the energy system, we think it would be very helpful if we were to have reliable, affordable, accessible, clean and green supplies,” Schultz told the Financial Times.

The new power plug could come to the European Union sometime around the early 2030s. In the meantime, Brussels is considering an incentive for consumers to use less energy.

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