The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has rolled out a plan which would see a number of personal electronics devices standardise on a single power supply design.
The UN agency said that its plan would see a common Universal Power Adaptor (UPA) design implemented for home and small office equipment. Possible implementations include networking devices, set-top boxes and landline telephone equipment.
Under the proposals, the UPA hardware would be designed to reduce power consumption and would also be optimised for use in areas which do not have reliable energy grids. In addition to conventional AC power, the supplies would also be designed to work with portable power and solar energy units.
The agency hopes that the universal design would also improve environmental practices by implementing a common hardware set which could be easily recycled and refurbished for use in multiple devices.
Officials hope that the UPA design would be embraced with similar enthusiasm to the 2009 resolution to standardise mobile phone chargers. That effort saw the GSM Association agree to adopt a common method for charging mobile handsets.
"Our global standard for universal phone chargers received a very warm welcome from vendors and consumers, and I am certain that this new universal power adapter standard will enjoy the same worldwide success," said ITU secretary general Hamadoun Touré.
"These important environmentally-oriented standards will markedly reduce e-waste and greenhouse gas emissions, while saving money for vendors and consumers through more efficient use of raw materials and energy."
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