Mobile industry project 'could have significant green results'

29 October 2009 — 5:00 PM

The new charger could replace older options

Those recycling mobile phones may agree with one expert's suggestion that an upcoming project could have a "significant" impact on the fight against climate change.

Commenting on the industry's joint effort to create a single universal charger that will eliminate the need for various formats, a spokesman for online news resource MobileWire said there is more to the project than meets the eye.

According to the site's executive editor Brian Turner, creating such a device will benefit the consumer in a number of ways, but there are other knock-on effects that should be kept in mind.

Because of the billions of mobile phones already in circulation … the degree of waste and habitat destruction that will be prevented through the universal charger will be significant," he advised.

The International Telecommunication Union's Universal Charging Solution could lead to 50 per cent reductions in standby energy consumption, according to the Global System for Mobile Communications.

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