At the annual International District Energy Association (IDEA) conference, IDEA2015, the ‘System of the Year Award’ was presented to the Boston-Cambridge district in recognition of Veolia’s "Green Steam" investments - which have created significant economic and environmental benefits for the region.
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Out of 350 district energy systems in 26 countries, Veolia’s Boston-Cambridge network was selected as the 2015 ‘System of the Year’ from a pool of district energy systems spanning the globe. As the highest honor conferred on a system, the award recognizes Veolia’s sustainable investment in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) at its Kendall Station facility, which is reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 475,000 tons annually – the equivalent of removing 80,000 cars from the roads.Leveraging recycled thermal energy – “Green Steam” – for use in heating and cooling eliminates the need to burn other energy-producing fossil fuels, resulting in better fuel efficiency and avoided greenhouse gases deemed a prime culprit in accelerating climate change. The project, which incorporates a new 7,000-foot steam pipeline extension and the acquisition and reconfiguration of Kendall Station, is already minimizing environmental impact on the Charles River and significantly reducing the carbon footprint of Boston and Cambridge.“We are honored to have our Boston-Cambridge network recognized by IDEA, which reflects the significant investment we have made into the system including over $100 million as part of the ‘Green Steam’ project that we completed last year,” said Vincent Martin, Senior Vice President Northeast Region of Veolia’s North American Municipal and Commercial Business Lines. “Veolia is excited to take part in IDEA2015 during a time when more and more cities and customers across the United States and the world are embracing the economic and environmental benefits of connecting to district energy systems.”