The 20-20-20 Goals
Empowering people for a better environment
The EU’s 20-20-20 goals (20% increase in energy efficiency, 20% reduction of CO2 emissions, and 20% renewables by 2020) all depend on the re-configuration of the European electricity grid into a “smart grid”.
These ambitious European targets mean that we must change; not only our energy infrastructure must change, but also consumer behaviour. Smart Metering is an essential building block for the education and empowerment of customers, an essential development if we are to make real energy savings.
According to the recently passed Internal Market for Electricity and Gas Directives, EU Member States must “ensure the implementation of intelligent metering systems.” The Electricity Directive foresees full deployment by 2022 at the latest, with 80% of consumers equipped with Smart Metering systems by 2020.
We cannot meet the environmental and energy challenges of the 21st century with metering technology from the 19th century. Thus, Smart Metering is the first essential step in this transition towards a smart grid. Finally, Smart Metering technologies are already at our disposal.
Smart Metering combined with direct consumer feedback has been shown to increase energy efficiency by 5-15%, and in some cases even up to 20%.
John Harris, Vice-President ESMIG explains how much energy you can save by using smart metering technologies: