Jean-Luc BESSEDE holds an Engineer degree from the National School of Ceramic Engineering (Limoges – France) and PhD in Material Science from the National Institute for Applied Science of Lyon (France). He worked for four years as a research engineer in material science first in the Arsenal of Tarbes then by BSN Emballage in Villeurbanne (France). He then joined the Switchgear Research Center of Alstom T&D (ARC) (now AREVA T&D) in 1990 as a research engineer on insulating materials. From 1991 to 2007, he had the responsibility of Research & Development on materials for high voltage circuit breakers and transformers. He published more than 50 papers either in the field of Material Science & Engineering or Eco-design, and participated to the set-up to a dozen of international Standards and received the IEC “1906 Award” in June 2005 for the “outstanding contribution to the “state-of-the-art” revision of standards dealing with SF6 and his noteworthy management of health and safety and environmental issues in these revisions”. He holds more than 15 patents.