Published on: 2010-06-17

Madrid - GeSI Members have identified the Universal Mobile Charger as a key standardisation topic. More than one billion new handsets are marketed each year and most of them are replacing older models. Most of the old power supplies need to be destroyed even if still operational since they are not compatible with the new devices.

This will cause great eWaste problems and results in the production of an enormous quantity of potentially unnecessary new chargers. To this end, GeSI Chair, Luis Neves stated, “Unnecessary disposal of chargers contributes to eWaste. This is one of the areas GeSI members are tackling together with the United Nations Environmental Program over the past several years”.

GeSI Members assessed the situation from a standardisation perspective and concluded that several Standardization Development Organizations (SDOs) are active in this domain but availability of appropriate standards responding to the market needs has been challenged. The fact that more SDOs are addressing the universal mobile charger related issue without the optimal degree of coordination and coverage of key aspects such as the no-load energy consumption, creates a significant risk of incompleteness and divergence jeopardising the opportunity to deliver the needed solution in due time.

GeSI is prepared to act as an neutral party to facilitate a resolution to this potential conflict. GeSI members consider the current situation of continuing to produce unnecessary chargers at an increasing rate as a threat to the environment. Mr. Neves has encouraged all industry players to work together, noting “The potential to waste resources poses a risk that if not handled properly, could have a negative impact on the image of the entire ICT industry".

GeSI plans to engage with all stakeholders to discuss the scope of this universal charger as well as the impacts on eWaste and energy consumption.

For more information, contact:

Gianluca Griffa, Tel: 0039 331 600 1341
(GeSI working group EE-IOCG Secretary)

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