"@EU_Commission is seeking to improve phone and tablet battery life and spare parts availability. [..] European regulators are planning to force phone manufacturers to supply at least 15 different parts to professional repairers for five years after a device first goes on sale. Consumers will also get guaranteed access to replacement batteries, displays, chargers, back covers, and even SIM / memory card trays for five years.
The draft proposals are designed to improve #repairability of smartphones and tablets and reduce their carbon footprint across Europe. The Financial Times reports that extending #smartphone lifecycles by five years would be roughly the equivalent of removing 5 million cars from the road. The EU argues that forcing manufacturers to make products that are more durable and easier to repair should reduce e-waste, and improve recycling rates and the reuse of materials needed to manufacturer devices."
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