AN INITIATIVE OF ALLIANDER AND STEDIN

A SMART METER BUILT WITH
RESPECT FOR OUR PLANET AND
THE PEOPLE ON IT

Energy & Emissions
Circularity of resources
and raw materials
Transparency
Use of fair labour
Fair Materials
No hazardous substances
Software and data use
and privacy
Low energy use of the meter
WHY A FAIR SMART METER

IMPORTANT GLOBAL ISSUES WE’RE TACKLING

Smart meters help customers to save energy by offering direct feedback on actual energy consumption, billing options and comparative information on energy consumption. Many countries are on the brink of introduction of smart meters - 80% of the customers in EU member states will use a smart meter by 2020 .

THIS LARGE SCALE INTRODUCTION OF SMART METERS HAS RAISED SOME IMPORTANT ISSUES.

UNETHICAL LABOUR CONDITIONS
USE OF CONFLICT MINERALS
INCREASED MATERIAL SCARCITY
high energy use and carbon emissions
GROWING E-WASTE
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Child labour, unsuitable
working conditions,

unfair pay

Globalisation has opened up many opportunities but unfortunately also put a certain percentage of the population in situations where their basic rights are being compromised. Child labour, unsuitable working conditions, unfair pay affect a person’s dignity.

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80 % of conflict minerals
are produced in war zones

Around 80 % of conflict minerals like gold, tantalum and tungsten are produced in the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighouring countries raged by war. These conflicts are financed with profits from the sales of these minerals.

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USE OF RARE
MATERIALS IS VERY COMMON
IN ELECTRONICS.

The European Commission has put together a list of 20 materials that are of great importance to humanity and are becoming increasingly scarce.

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pollution is becoming
a worldwide
problem

Every production process involves the use of several resources. Our needs are growing and the industry is rushing to fulfil them. By doing so, pollution is becoming a worldwide problem – air, soil and water resources are compromised.

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in 2017 there were
65,4 million tons of E-waste.

Typically, electronic products have an extremely short life cycle. Predictions show that in 2017 there will be 65, 4 million tons of E-waste per year. For comparison, in 2012 the number was 48, 9 million tons/year.

building a
fair meter
DEFINING, TRACKING AND BUILDING “FAIR”

HOW WE BUILT THE
FAIR METER

The Fair Meter project was started in 2013 as an initiative of Dutch network companies Liander and Stedin, in collaboration with meter suppliers. The aim of the project is to build the new generation of smart meters in a sustainable, responsible manner: a fair meter. Inspired by the Dutch company Fairphone, we have defined the concept Fair and asked for it in the tender for the new meters.

By using sustainable practices and including material and social aspects in the production of smart meters for gas and electricity, we developed the FAIR METER to address all major issues that the electronics industry is facing today – energy intensity, labour conditions, use of critical, conflict or toxic materials, material scarcity and e-waste.

FOLLOW OUR STORY AND THE IMPACT OF OUR INITIATIVE.

ABOUT THE FAIR METER

TO DEFINE “FAIR”, WE DEVELOPED TOOLS THAT HELP US MEASURE FAIRNESS.

Use them in your own sustainable projects or help us improve them.

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