EU commissioner comments on mobile charger deal

30 June 2009 — 10:19 AM

Chargers could be about to change

By coming together to agree the industry needs one universal mobile phone charger the sector has made an important eco-friendly move, it has been advised.

Commenting on the deal signed this week by a number of manufacturers, EU industry commissioner Gunter Verheugen said things should now be easier for consumers.

He added it was also a step in the right direction in terms of making the planet a less wasteful place and suggested the fact the terms of the agreement were self-regulated was also positive.

"[It] means considerably less electronic waste, because people will no longer have to throw away chargers when buying new phones," he explained. "As a result the Commission does not consider it necessary to introduce legislation."

Among the companies that came together to sign up to the treaty were Apple, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, NEC, Research in Motion, Samsung and LG.

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