In 2021 we again significantly increased green energy (green electricity and biogas) sales to our residential customers making us one of the largest green energy retailers in Europe and possibly the largest.
Our E.ON Future Energy Home business installed more than 100,000 solar, heating, and energy-efficient (insulation) solutions in 2021. At year-end it had service contracts with a total of more than 1.8 million customers in Western and Central Europe. Together, our E.ON Future Energy Home and eMobility businesses enable our customers to save more than 475,000 metric kilo tonnes of carbon annually. This is roughly equivalent to a forest of 38 million beech trees (assuming that one beech tree captures an average of 12.5 kg of CO2 per year).
After a delay in the certification of smart meter gateways, the installation of smart meters in Germany started in late February 2020. The installation of second-generation smart meters in Sweden started in 2020 and is planned to be completed by the end of 2024.
In partnership with Volkswagen, in 2021 we introduced E.ON Drive Booster, an ultra-fast charging station that can simultaneously charge two eVs with up to 150 kW. And if customers wish: with 100 per cent green electricity. No additional cables need to be laid. The desired location just needs a 32 amp socket, which means that many garages and car parks already have what’s needed for E.ON Drive Booster to make charging times dramatically shorter.
Municipalities, retailers, and companies are responding to EV growth by adding charging points. OMNe, a proprietary software tool we introduced in 2020, can help them choose the right solution. It factors in all the variables at a B2B customer’s facility: the number and type of eVs (cars, vans), when they’re charged (during the day, overnight), the facility’s electricity consumption, and its grid connection. With so many companies interested in going green, in 2021 we added a new feature: OMNe now also calculates the impact of installing solar panels and a battery storage system at a facility. OMNe is available in Germany. We’re currently exploring whether to introduce it in other regions.
We already give our EV customers the option of charging their vehicle with 100 per cent green electricity. Now we’re taking a look at the charging station itself. With the support of Climate Partner, a Munich-based decarbonization services firm, we calculated the lifetime carbon emissions of our main AC charging station. The calculation, which accords with the GHG Protocol, includes all emissions, from those attributable to a charging station’s manufacture and transport to its disposal. Not included are the emissions attributable to the electricity used for charging. Beginning in September 2021, we then launched a programme under which we offset the emissions of each such station that we install in Europe by supporting decarbonization projects certified by recognized standards, such as Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) and the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS). In 2022 we plan to extend the programme to other charging stations.