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09 Jun 2009 09:06:05

Brits emitting excess CO2 by overcharging mobiles



Brits emitting excess CO2 by overcharging mobiles
With one in eight adults leaving their mobiles on charge for up to eight hours at a time, new research has suggested that the UK emits 85,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year from overcharging their phones.

According to moneysupermarket.com, youngsters are the most likely (49 percent of under 20s) to indulge in the environmentally harmful practice of overcharging, despite the fact that it wastes £40 million of electricity a year.

Its research indicated that women are more environmentally conscious than men, with just 11 percent admitting to overcharging for an average of 6.8 hours, compared to 15 percent of men who typically leave phones plugged in for 8.5 hours.

James Parker, manager of mobiles at the price comparison website, warned that green advances made by mobile manufacturers go "out the window" when people overcharge their mobiles.

"Many people can't imagine going a day without their mobile meaning they have them almost permanently plugged in," he said.

"People should remember to unplug the phone charger when they are done; it will not only be good for the phone's battery life, but good for their wallet too."

The website urged consumers to charge their phones for no longer than four hours at a time.

Highlighting the extent to which mobile phones can contribute to global CO2 emissions, statistics from Gartner indicated that 1.22 billion handsets were sold around the world in 2008 alone.

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