Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I.T.U. Approves Micro-USB Universal Phone Charger standard

The ITU approved an energy-efficient, Micro-USB one-charger-fits-all new mobile phone solution.
The standard is expected to significantly cut the number of chargers produced, shipped and subsequently discarded as new models become available, the new standard will mean users worldwide will be able to charge their mobiles anywhere from any available charger, while also reducing the energy consumed while charging.

The new UCS standard was based on input from the GSMA, which predicts a 50 per cent reduction in standby energy consumption, elimination of 51,000 tonnes of redundant chargers, and a subsequent reduction of 13.6 million tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions each year.

The ITU said it is seeking to have the essential role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) recognized in the draft Copenhagen Agreement as a key part of the solution towards mitigating climate change.