By Juho Erkheikki/ Bloomberg
Helsinki: Nokia Oyj, the world’s largest mobile-phone maker will add energy-saving alerts to its devices as consumers become more concerned about global warming.
An alert will encourage users to unplug the charger once the battery in the handset is full, Espoo, Finland-based Nokia said on 11 May. The move may save enough electricity used by 85,000 homes a year, it said.
“Around two-thirds of the energy used by a mobile phone is lost when it is unplugged after charging but the charger itself is left in a live socket,” said Kirsi Sormunen, head of environmental affairs at Nokia. “We want to reduce this waste and are working on reducing to an absolute minimum the amount of energy our chargers use.”
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on climate change has issued two reports this year saying global warming is very likely caused by human activities, including the release of gases from burning fossil fuels, and that rising temperatures will cause increased floods, droughts and extinctions of species.
Alerts will be first inserted to Nokia’s 1200, 1208 and 1650 models that are mainly sold in faster-growing markets like Asia Pacific and Latin America and later across the company’s product portfolio.