Roger Léron was one of FEDARENE’s founders and its President from 1995 to 2007. Deeply rooted in local and regional development, he had a far-reaching vision for greater European sustainability. Roger Léron was well known for his passion relating to energy and environmental issues. In this regard, he was well aware of the importance of activities performed at the local and regional level. He was convinced that environment and energy agencies had a special role to play in Europe’s energy transition, thanks to their role as on-site drivers, and was invested in empowering them through their national coordination.

Roger Léron studied at the Faculty of Law of the University of Grenoble, and received a Degree in Law as well as a Diploma in Political Science from the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies. He started his career as a research attaché to the Research Centre in Grenoble. Afterwards, he joined the Business Development Agency in Drôme as a project manager. In 1977, he was appointed the first Deputy Mayor of Valence. He held this position until 1995. Between 2000 and 2006, he served as the first president of ACNUSA (Autorité de Contrôle des Nuisances Aéroportuaires – airport nuisance control authority). In 1978, he became the founding member of Rhônalpénergie-Environnement (RAEE), the regional energy agency of the Rhône-Alpes region, which he chaired from 1992. His devotion, involvement and great ability to anticipate future developments and bring together players in the world of energy and the environment greatly contributed to the success of the missions developed by RAEE.

Largely involved in sustainable energy policies at the local, regional and national levels, Roger Léron had a major role in the establishment of FEDARENE in 1990. Throughout his political career, he devoted considerable time and effort to ecological, economic and social activities. He also chaired and helped create several other organisations, including the French network of environment and energy regional agencies RARE in 1995.