ABOUT

ABOUT THE FAIR METER 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 2019
Datatopia versus Dataphobia, presentation at the EUW 2019
October 2019
Presentation at United Nations Global Goals Forum: Are we running out of time
September 2019
Article published in Global Goals Yearbook 2019: Aligning Profit with Purpose
May 2019
Metering must contribute to the global reduction of CO2 footprint, article in Africa power journal
April 2019
Fair Meter Report - 4th edition published, 95% supply chain transparency achieved
November 2018
Fair meter strategy & results presented at EUW 2018
November 2018
Article »Sustainability in metering – we must, vs. we want« published in Smart Energy International
October 2018
Fair Meter Project invited to present at the World Forum for a Responsible Economy (WFRE), Lille, France
September 2018
Fair Meter Project awarded for National Golden Innovation Award, Slovenia
September 2018
Fair Meter Project selected among best practices, results of SDGs, EuLAc Foundation
June 2018
Fair Meter project in the EU RETRACE Good Practices Guide
May 2018
Fair Meter consortium nominated for EBAE
May 2018
third Fair Meter Report submitted
April 2018
Fair meter listed as circular transformation best practice within the EU MOVECO project
October 2017
Fair Meter Project presented in Metering Days, Fulda, Germany
October 2017
Fair Meter Project presented at the EUW Amsterdam with 2 lectures
May 2017
second Fair Meter Report submitted – supply chain transparency achieved to 85 %
December 2016
FAIR METER prototype
November 2016
Fair Meter Project presented at the EUW Barcelona with 2 lectures
October 2016
Fair Meter project received award in Slovenia for international sustainable business practice
May 2016
first Fair Meter Report submitted – supply chain transparency achieved to 70 %
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
June 2015
Contracts signed
June 2015
Awarding of contract to L+G and Flonidan and Iskraemeco consortium
January 2015
Metabolic report Resources Identification Tool
October 2014
Selection of suppliers, ranked according to the fairness of their processes
June 2014
Start of the procurement process
May 2014
Fair Performance Ladder is developed
November 2013
Liander and Stedin signed a Green Deal with the Dutch government to develop a FAIR METER

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

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!"

Mojca Markizeti

SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT Iskraemeco

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