Hopefully putting an end to the spaghetti bolognaise-like cable confusion that binds all modern gadget users to their handsets, the International Telecoms Union has approved the development of an energy-efficient, one-charger-fits-all new mobile phone solution.
This weekend the ITU gave its approval to such a device, explaining that it could be used as the standard charger for all mobile handsets, regardless of who made them, and what model they are. The group said that this meant that users could charge their phone through any readily available handset, as opposed to scurrying around looking for a compatible one, and would lead to less chargers being produced and a lower environmental footprint for the industry.
According to the ITU the standard was drawn up with the aid of the GSMA, which in turn estimates that it will create a 50 per cent reduction in standby energy consumption, elimination of 51,000 tonnes of redundant chargers, and a reduction of 13.6m tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions each year. The new chargers will also include a 4-star or higher efficiency rating - up to three times more energy-efficient than alternatives.
Malcolm Johnson, director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau (TSB), said, "This is a significant step in reducing the environmental impact of mobile charging, which also has the benefit of making mobile phone use more straightforward. Universal chargers are a commonsense solution that I look forward to seeing in other areas."
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