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Veolia Energy North America President and CEO Elected to Two International Boards

09/14/09  • Energy
BOSTON, Sept. 14, 2009- Veolia Energy North America, a leading provider of sustainable energy services and facility operations and management solutions, announced today that its President and CEO, Stewart A. Wood, has been elected to two prominent organizational Boards. Mr. Wood will serve on both the International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) 20- member Board of Directors and the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter’s (FACCNE) 18-member Board of Directors.

"I look forward to broadening my commitment to both the IDEA and the FACCNE, two organizations that I am honored to serve in a Board capacity," said Mr. Wood."The IDEA's mission of supporting the growth and utilization of district energy is very important to Veolia Energy, as the world's leading owner and operator of district energy systems.Furthermore, as Veolia Energy is an international company that originated in France, and with the significant volume of business we conduct in New England, the FACCNE is also a natural fit."

Mr. Wood will serve for a three-year term on the IDEA board.He was nominated by the nominating committee and then elected at the annual meeting, conducted during IDEA's 100th Annual Conference & Trade Show in Washington D.C.In his role as a Board member, Mr. Wood will help advance IDEA's mission to support the growth and utilization of district energy as a means to conserve fuel and increase energy efficiency to improve the global environment.Currently, IDEA represents over 1,200 members from 25 different countries, including district energy executives, managers, engineers, consultants and equipment suppliers.

"As CEO of Veolia Energy North America, Stewart will bring to IDEA operational insight from all the Veolia district energy systems across the USA," said Robert P. Thornton, President of International District Energy Association."In addition, with his extensive career in facility operations and management, he offers a depth of experience that will also serve IDEA in formulating new strategies for growth of the industry, particularly as it relates to optimizing district energy systems to deliver greater energy efficiency and environmental benefits in the communities we serve.We warmly welcome Stewart to the board and look forward to working with him."

Mr. Wood has also joined the board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter.Mr. Wood will join the 18 other board members, serving for a two-year term.Mr. Wood was recently honored at the FACCNE's 8th Annual Business Awards Dinner, which brought together international and local leaders offering insight into current energy policy including energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction.The French American Chamber of Commerce contributes to the development and improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States.

"The French-American Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome Stewart Wood to its board of directors," said Maurice Gervais, President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter. "Through his role as CEO of Veolia Energy North America, and his knowledge and experience of the benefits of transferring business expertise and technology between France and the United States, Stewart will make a very valuable contribution in our mission to foster good transatlantic business relationships."

Mr. Wood has served in a number of executive capacities with Veolia Energy over a period of 11 years.Mr. Wood has successfully led Veolia Energy North America as it has become the owner and operator of the largest portfolio of district energy (heating and cooling) networks in North America.Prior to Mr. Wood's current position as President and CEO of Veolia Energy North America, he served internationally with the Dalkia Group, working in Executive Management and Board positions in Australia, Sweden, Norway, France and the United Kingdom.

About Veolia Energy North America
A subsidiary of Veolia Environnement, the world's leading environmental services company, Veolia Energy focuses on controlling energy costs and reducing carbon footprints through energy-efficient, custom solutions.Solutions encompass the production and distribution of highly-reliable thermal energy; on-site operation of customers' complex equipment to enhance the technical, economic and environmental performance; combined heat and power generation (cogeneration); and the introduction of renewable fuels into the energy mix where it is viable.Veolia Energy serves customers throughout the Continental USA, with a national reach and capability, and owns and operates the largest portfolio of district energy (heating and cooling) networks in the United States.With approximately 335,000 employees globally, Veolia Environnement reported revenue of $50 billion in 2008.

About International District Energy Association's (IDEA)
With headquarters outside of Boston, Mass., the 1,200-plus-member IDEA was founded in 1909 and comprises district heating and cooling executives, managers, engineers, consultants and equipment suppliers from 25 countries. Its core mission is to support the growth and utilization of district energy as a means to conserve fuel and increase energy efficiency to improve the global environment. During its 100 years of operation, the association has held a conference every year except 1918 when it was cancelled because of World War I. For more on IDEA, go to www.districtenergy.org.

About French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter (FACCNE)
The French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter (FACCNE) is a non-profit, independent, member-driven organization dedicated to fostering good transatlantic business relationships.The FACCNE has more than 200 French and American members that represent 85 corporations. It is a member of UCCIFE (Network of the French Chambers of Commerce abroad) and belongs to the FACC network (19 chapters in the United States). In New England, the FACCNE provides the principal, private, non-partisan forum for French and American business leaders to meet, discuss common interests and exchange ideas.

Contact:
Veolia Energy North America - Rowan Sanders
Tel : 617-849-6656
E-mail : rsanders@veoliaenergyna.com