A meeting of International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) expert group on green ICT has resulted in new standards including an environmentally friendly universal charger for laptops as well as other portable devices and a standard for green batteries for smartphones and other handheld ICT devices. Additionally, experts have agreed on a standardised methodology for manufacturers to report the quantity of rare metals contained in their ICT devices – something that will increase the efficiency of recycling schemes. Specifically designed to reduce e-waste and increase usability, ITU-T L.1002 is an international standard for a universal power adapter (UPA) for portable devices, including notebooks, which complements the recently announced IEC/Technical Specification 62700/Ed1 by adding a number of environmentally friendly requirements. During the same meeting, ITU-T experts also agreed a test suite (ITU-T L.1005), which provides a full suite of tests to check for conformance to ITU-T L.1000, the standard for a universal mobile phone charger.
NIGERIAN TRIBUNE PG. 32 (DECEMBER 31, 2013)