Deadline to fulfil the European 2020 climate & energy requirements is almost here

European Union has introduced common measures in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energies and energy efficiency since early 1990s. In 2007, EU leaders worked out a new set of key targets to ensure the EU meets its climate and energy targets for the year 2020.

The package sets three key targets:

  • 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels)
  • 20% of EU energy from renewables
  • 20% improvement in energy efficiency

To meet the requirements set, the EU has adopted a number of policies, including;

  • the planned rollout of close to 200 million smart meters for electricity and 45 million for gas by 2020
  • protecting the rights of consumers to receive easy and free access to data on real-time and past energy/gas consumption
  • large companies conducting energy audits at least every four years

These regulations do not only ensure that the EU meets its climate and energy targets but also state that final customers must be properly informed of actual electricity/gas consumption and costs frequently enough to enable them to regulate their own consumption. (Directive 2012/27/EU)

Among several LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technologies which enable low-power and long-range communications, LoRa® technology is often considered as offering the most effective bi-directional functionality, end-to-end security, mobility and localization services.

LoRaWAN™ network is designed to connect low-cost, battery-operated sensors over long distances in harsh environments, thus being the perfect choice for suburban areas. With its unique penetration capability, a LoRaWAN™ gateway can connect to sensors more than 10 miles away or to meters deployed underground or in basements.

While developing gas meter sensors product line, Nordic Automation Systems (NAS) has taken the regulations the EU has set for its Member States very seriously. With LoRaWAN™ Absolute Encoder Communication Module and LoRaWAN™ BK-G Pulse Reader designed for numerous Honeywell (Elster) gas meters and LoRaWAN™ Pulse Reader for universal use, NAS covers 90% of the market.

Sensors provide  detailed energy consumption information transmitting small messages at a frequency once a day or every hour (in specific cases even more frequently). Data gathering starts automatically after the sensor is installed to the server and may be configured according to each unit. The LoRaWAN™ module helps to optimise the usage of natural resources in the gas metering industry and gain substantial productivity.


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About Nordic Automation Systems

NAS is an industrial automation company, specialising in end-to-end Smart City & remote metering solutions. Our company’s smart gas, water and heat metering solutions include full vertical LoRaWAN™ infrastructure and offerings to include end-nodes, gateways, IoT Hub cloud platform and API accessibility. With in-house R&D and production services, NAS provides a complete range of sensors and meters for Utilities – from retrofit universal to white label branded mechanical and ultrasonic meters. Visit NAS website at

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