The Chinese Government is to introduce a single standard for mobile phone chargers to reduce the massive amount of waste caused by people throwing away their chargers when they upgrade their phones. This follows similar plans by the South Korean government announced a couple of weeks ago. The standard will include a standard for data connections meaning all after market accessories can work off the same connection(s).
This is a very progressive move and I hope it quickly dominoes around the world through all countries. It makes so much sense and consumers will completely welcome it. I’m pretty sure the after market accessory manufacturers will welcome it too.
I have no idea what the energy footprint of a charger is, but it must be a fair amount. I’m surprised the mobile phone crazy and ecologically minded Scandanavians didn’t think of it first…

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