On 15 June 2016, the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment (FEDARENE) handed over the trophy of the 2nd edition of its Roger Léron Award at the ceremony that took place at the Palace of the Academies, in Brussels, Belgium. This year's winner is Wolfgang Jilek (Austria).
After several years of being one of the Managers of the Styrian Energy Agency, M. Jilek became Energy Commissioner of Styria until he retired last summer. He updated the Styrian Energy Strategy, targeting energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, district heating and cogeneration, and founding rural cooperatives to operate heat plants.
Even after retirement, M. Jilek kept working for an association for the "Training of Energy Consultants", of which he was elected chairperson and asked to stay. He is also still active in the Concerted Action on the Energy Performance of Buildings.
The Roger Léron Award celebrates successful contributions to the development of sustainable energy at the regional and/or local levels in the European Union. It aims to acknowledge persistency, positive attitude, a proactive approach, and successful implementation of various projects.
The Award is named in memory of Roger Léron, who was FEDARENE's president from 1990 to 2007 and a great contributor to the regional and local sustainable energy field throughout his life.
For further information, please visit the relevant FEDARENE webpage at the link below.