Manufacturers and operators have agreed to plans to create a universal phone charger by 2012.
Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-Mobile, Orange, 3, AT&T and Vodafone are among companies that will back the plan.
Industry body the GSMA, which is leading the initiative, said the charger will consume 50% less standby energy than today’s cables.
Manufacturers had previously been under pressure from the European Commission to produce a standardised charger. The proposed charger solution could include using micro USB chargers. It will be customised for some countries such as the UK, which uses a three-pin plug.
Nokia's director of environment devices, Mitti Storckovius, said: ‘By supporting this industry initiative on common charging solutions and enabling consumers to choose if they need a charger with every new device, we can contribute further to improving the industry’s environmental footprint.’