José R. Perán, finalist of Roger Léron Award 2018

04 october 2018

José R. Perán, CEO from CARTIF, is one of the finalist of the Roger Léron Award 2018, the prize that recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of sustainable energy at the EU, regional and local levels. The final result will be disclosed during the Ceremony on October 10th at the Palais des Académies, in Brussels.

José R. Perán is an emeritus professor at University of Valladolid (Spain), where he manages the Department of Systems Engineering and Automatics. Due to its work in the private sector for many years, he could see the existing gap between the Academy and Industry and to solve the industrial problems, he promoted applied research and innovation. He has dedicated his professional career to research and teaching and he carries on being active through the management of CARTIF Technology Centre. He actively contributes to the creation of the regional innovation system in Castilla y León. After 20 years of work, CARTIF has consolidated a relevant group of more than 150 professional researchers leading high-level projects on energy efficiency, renewable energies, smart cities, circular economy, biofuels... He has always been aware of the great importance of energy in all its applications, especially industries and cities.

He shares nomination with two others European representations in this field. On the one hand, Andy Bull, an ‘early-adopter’ of new sustainable technologies and ideas who saw the potential of on-farm anaerobic digestion in Mid Wales. Experienced in accessing EU funding and running EU funded projects, he could influence policy at local and national levels, build awareness and confidence with Welsh farmers and landowners. And, on the other hand, Gérard Savatier, one of the creators of ASDER, the Savoy association for the development of renewable energies. He contributed to the development of communications for the local communities, and the general public at the local, regional, national and European level.

According to the jury, in this fourth edition the nominees were particularly impressive in their achievements and commitments. As inspiring individuals, they all had a significant impact in their region.

The aim of this award is to acknowledge persistency, positive attitude, the proactive approach and successful implementation of various projects within a very wide field of sustainable energy on a local and regional level in Europe.

Regional and local levels of governance play a central role in energy and climate issues, through their competence in many policy areas (energy, transport, housing…), their proximity to citizens, their thorough knowledge of the territory, and their greater flexibility than national governments. Regional and local players’ contributions are notably helping reduce Europe’s dependence on foreign energy, ensure Europe’s security of energy supply and prevent further impact on our climate.

The Award is organized by FEDARENE and is named in memory of Roger Léron, a pioneer of regional energy development in Europe and one of FEDARENE’s founders who also served as its President for over a decade (1995-2007). FEDARENE is a leading association of local and regional energy agencies and regions in Europe, which supports activities dedicated to long-term accomplishments in the areas of energy and sustainability. In the line with its missions, FEDARENE arrived at the decision to recognize firm contributions to the fields covered by the scope of its member organisations, through the establishment of the Roger Léron Award.

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