Lorient & Plymouth #UniteBehindTheScience in the European project SunPeople
On August 14, the young Greta Thunberg left the port of Plymouth aboard the racing
monohull Malizia II skippered by Boris Herrmann 1. On the immense sail was inscribed
the words #UniteBehindTheScience 2 that she had pronounced on July 23 rd in front of the
French National Assembly. After completing its mission and landing Greta Thunberg in
New York City on August 28th, the crew of the Malizia II reached the port of Lorient on
Coincidence? Since August 1st , the European project SunPeople of the Interreg France-
Channel-England programme has brought together the territories of Lorient and
Plymouth to meet the challenge of decarbonising heat in residential and tertiary
housing, which accounts for around a third of greenhouse gas emissions in the cross-
The specific objective of the project is to technically demonstrate and commercially test,
at 15 sites in Plymouth and Lorient, a competitive and sustainable heat energy service
based on the complementarity of several low-carbon technologies – photovoltaics, solar
thermal and heat pump – while being open to new models of the circular and
The English and French partners and stakeholders will jointly conduct feasibility studies,
demonstrations and tests at their respective sites to explore the market potential of
such an energy service. In the future, this type of service could be provided by local
public companies governed by communities or citizen cooperatives.
From 1st to 3rd of October, representatives of the ALOEN association (the local energy
and climate agency of Southern Brittany) and the Aezeo company, partners of the
SunPeople project in Lorient, travelled to Plymouth to meet the English partners of the
project, the Plymouth City Council and the local citizen society Plymouth Energy
Responding to the call of the world’s youth and Greta Thunberg, the project partners
and stakeholders in both territories are therefore proud to #UniteBehindTheScience to
address the climate challenge together.
Would you like to join them?
We are looking for participants, individuals or professionals interested in subscribing to a sustainable heatenergy service, suppliers interested in contributing to its implementation. Thank you in advance for your attention.
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