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ITU Universal Charging Solution made greener/leaner
Industry backing for charger update that extends
9 May 2011 – ITU’s one-size fits all universal charging solution has been further
improved to maximize the benefits for end users by extending its use to a wider
variety of devices and making it even more energy efficient.
It will no longer be
necessary to provide a new charger with every new ICT device.
A detachable cable with standardized end connectors will allow connection to
devices including all mobile phones and other hand-held devices (including
MP3/MP4 players, tablet computers, cameras, wireless headphones, GPS devices
etc). This also means that it can be used for data transfer, avoiding an
unnecessary duplicate cable and thus further reducing costs and e-waste.
ITU Membership also agreed to specify a no-load power consumption of the power
adapter below 0.03W which is the most efficient available today. Considering
that billions of these chargers will be made available in the market in the next
few years, the new standard will enable a significant global energy reduction.
Chargers built according to the new standard will be safer, use eco-friendly
remind people to unplug their chargers when not in use, to
the environmental impact
In addition, the recommended charging current has been increased – in the range
750 to 1500 mA – so as to reduce charging time. Furthermore, the standard now
meets the requirements of the Basel Convention on e-waste.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said, “Other standards claim to be
universal and energy efficient, but only ITU’s solution is truly universal and a
real step forward in addressing environmental and climate change issues. This
updated standard will bring the benefits of the universal charger to a wider
range of devices and consumers. I am sure it will be welcomed by all ITU’s
membership – 192 governments and over 700 private sector entities. The
environmental impact of wide adoption will be enormous. This major improvement
on the standard agreed first in 2009 shows how fast ITU can respond to the
rapidly changing market demand”.
Companies including Telecom Italia, France Telecom-Orange, China Academy of
Telecommunication Research (CATR), Research In Motion, Swisscom, Belgacom, AT&T,
Telefónica, TDC, Huawei,
Telia Sonera and A1 Telekom Austria have
committed to the standard.
For more information, please contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information,
Senior Communications Officer
ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau,