A common European mobile phone charger has been given the go-ahead by the European Commission (EC) and Digital Europe.
The all-in-one charger will be based on a MicroUSB interface. "Consumers can now safely use a single charger with phones from various suppliers," said Bridger Cosgrave, director general at Digital Europe.
Fourteen companies have committed research and development resources to deliver a common charger under a voluntary agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding with the EC.
"With the launch of this common charger, we can diminish the need for different chargers on the market as consumers will be able to re-use their chargers with future products. This should help reduce electronic waste in the future and reduce the impact on the environment," said Cosgrove.
Manufacturers will announce the release dates in line with product launches.