ABOUT

ABOUT THE FAIRMETER PROJECT

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.

The Green Deal was signed for the development of the FAIR METER, an agreement between the Dutch government, knowledge institutes and operators. Among the partners who signed the Green Deal were Stedin, Liander, Cogas, Waag Society and Amsterdam Smart City.

The Green Deal partners had the objective to develop the FAIR METER, a concept to a business case, which eventually could be realized. The Green Deal was completed in 2016 and the focus shifted to the development of the FAIR METER together with the electricity and gas meter suppliers.

Project timeline

November 2013
Liander and Stedin signed a Green Deal with the Dutch government to develop a FAIR METER
May 2014
Fair Performance Ladder is developed
June 2014
Start of the procurement process
October 2014
Selection of suppliers, ranked according to the fairness of their processes
January 2015
Metabolic report Resources Identification Tool
June 2015
Awarding of contract to L+G and Flonidan and Iskraemeco consortium
June 2015
Contracts signed
November 2015
Start of the FAIR METER pilot: RFI on transparency tool, potential quick wins identified, research on increasing recycled content, supplier questionnaire to increase transparency in the supply chain
May 2016
First FAIR METER Annual Reports submitted
December 2016
FAIR METER prototype

FAIR METER PROJECT
Ambitions

1

CO2 NEUTRALITY

We are committed to full energy and CO2 neutral meter chain, with a minimal amount of CO2 compensation.

2

CIRCULARITY

We are committed to entirely circular meters.

3

creating a conflict-free meter

We are committed to producing without the use of conflict metals or raw materials.

4

GOOD WORKING CONDITIONS

We are committed to having all chain parties ensure responsible working conditions for their employees.

5

TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to making the status quo (transparency throughout value chain and fair performance) entirely clear, for each component at all times.

6

ENERGY NEUTRALITY

We are committed to keeping the fair meter energy neutral in use.

7

NO HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

We are committed to omit hazardous substances in the meter.

8

software, data use and privacy

We are committed to a meter that is transparent on software use, functionality and data integrity. All extra services on the meter are opt-in for the end user

TEAM EXPERIENCES

There are many plastics and metals and electronics in the SMR5 meters. Often the origin of components is unclear, we do not know whether the product consists of recycled materials or whether the meter is reusable after longevity. By making 'Fair' part of the purchasing process we gave suppliers the opportunity to find a solution for this. We realized that a better world starts with better demand."

DIRK BIJL DE VROE

SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT Stedin

There are many plastics and metals and electronics in the SMR5 meters. Often the origin of components is unclear, we do not know whether the product consists of recycled materials or whether the meter is reusable after longevity. By making 'Fair' part of the purchasing process we gave suppliers the opportunity to find a solution for this. We realized that a better world starts with better demand."

DIRK BIJL DE VROE

SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT Stedin