Looking for another way to save a few quid and the planet at the same time? O2 has stirred its grey matter to come up with something which may start a whole new trend...
The 'O2 Universal Charger' is a mobile phone charger with a difference: it claims to reduce energy consumption by up to 70 per cent compared to standard device and how it goes about this is ingeniously simple.
Inside it contains a power control system which heavily reduces the charge sent to a handset once the battery becomes full, while heat loss from the charger has also been eliminated. How much could this all save in real terms? Well, O2 claims phones left on charge cost the UK up to £30m in wasted energy every year and - taking it one step further - says when tallied over the 73m mobile phones said to be use in on our expensive little island at any one time it could save the equivalent carbon emissions of over 36,000 cars per annum*
"People are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact products are having on the environment and with mobile the single biggest impact is the energy used in charging," sad O2 UK CEO Ronan Dunne. "The O2 Universal Charger offers customers a simple yet effective way of reducing the environmental impact of their phones and reduces the waste associated with charger disposal."
Initially compatible with Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson devices, the Universal Charger will see iPhone and BlackBerry support early next year and is going to be offered at a discounted price of £7.49 when purchased with any O2 handset until 31 December. The typical RRP is £14.99 with additional connection cables available for £4.99.
All makes reasonable sense to me... then again I just want to make trees happy.
*For the exacting out there, this was worked out as: total amount of carbon saved with Universal Charger over 12 months (1.496kg CO2 per phone) multiplied by total number of mobile phones in use in the UK (73m) = 109,208,000 kg CO2 / 1000 = 109,208 tonnes CO2 / 2.995 (tonnes of CO2 emitted for average annual mileage of car) = equivalent to annual carbon emissions of 36,463 cars driving 12,000 miles per year.