The mobile phone industry is set to work together to develop a universal charger that will fit all future handsets.

A collaborative effort between the manufacturers was announced at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona and will see 17 operators working together on the project.

As well as delivering a common platform for mobile phone charging, the effort is also designed to improve the energy efficiency of mobiles and their chargers.

The design of the universal charger will be aimed at delivering a 50 per cent reduction in standby energy consumption and the potential elimination of up to 51,000 tonnes of duplicate old mobile phone chargers.

“The mobile industry has a pivotal role to play in tackling environmental issues and this programme is an important step that could lead to huge savings in resources, not to mention convenience for consumers,” said Rob Conway, chief executive of mobile communications industry body, GSMA, which is leading the project.

Among those involved in the project are Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.

The mobile industry is increasingly looking to replace old mobile phones with more environmentally-friendly options and Samsung recently announced the launch of a solar-powered handset.

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