The United Nations has endorsed a universal mobile phone charger, as the mobile sector pushes on with plans to improve its environmental performance.
Approval for the device, which will work with all future mobiles, was granted on Friday by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – a division of the United Nations (UN).
Its arrival will mean that mobile phone owners will no longer need to use brand specific chargers, thus dramatically cutting waste when they upgrade to a new phone.
According to the GSM Association trade body, the energy efficient charger will result in the sector’s production of greenhouse gases falling by 13.6 million tonnes annually.
Malcolm Johnson, director of the Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau at the ITU, said: "This is a significant step in reducing the environmental impact of mobile charging.
"Universal chargers are a common-sense solution that I look forward to seeing in other areas."
Based on the Micro-USB interface, the chargers will also include a 4-star or higher efficiency rating – making them up to three times more energy-efficient than unrated versions.