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.
We are committed to full energy and CO2 neutral meter chain, with a minimal amount of CO2 compensation.
We are committed to entirely circular meters.
We are committed to producing without the use of conflict metals or raw materials.
We are committed to having all chain parties ensure responsible working conditions for their employees.
We are committed to making the status quo (transparency throughout value chain and fair performance) entirely clear, for each component at all times.
We are committed to keeping the fair meter energy neutral in use.
We are committed to omit hazardous substances in the meter.
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
What is sustainability in business language? I say "action first, excuses never". It is past time for drastic measures and Iskraemeco holds itself, its supply chain, its partners, and the industry as a whole accountable for sweeping progress. The Industrial Revolution 4.0 is not only about technology, but also about knowledge and values. Exploiting infinite capacities of our brains, instead of finite capacities of Planet is what we need to do. For this, we need synergy among all the stakeholders of the industry. It is time to make a smart move, join us!"
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."