Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy

Affordable & Clean Energy


Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Working towards this goal is especially important as it interlinks with other Sustainable Development Goals. Focusing on universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energy through new economic and job opportunities is crucial to creating more sustainable and inclusive communities and resilience to environmental issues like climate change.

At the current time, there are approximately 3 billion people who lack access to clean-cooking solutions and are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution. Additionally, slightly less than 1 billion people are functioning without electricity and 50% of them are found in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. Fortunately, progress has been made in the past decade regarding the use of renewable electricity from water, solar and wind power and the ratio of energy used per unit of GDP is also declining.

However, the challenge is far from being solved and there needs to be more access to clean fuel and technology and more progress needs to be made regarding integrating renewable energy into end-use applications in buildings, transport and industry. Public and private investments in energy also need to be increased and there needs to be more focus on regulatory frameworks and innovative business models to transform the world’s energy systems.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II Type III

Global Resource Services

GRS 1997 Tucson AZ USA G

Global Rights

1978 Abuja Nigeria G Human Rights Organizations

Global Smart Grid Federation

GSGF 2010 Belfast UK E

Global Solar Council

GSC 2015 B y International Federations

Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership

GSEP 2010 E g IGOs

Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference

G-STIC 2017 S c Conference Series

Global Water Research Coalition

GWRC 2002 Stirling Australia C

Global Wind Energy Council

GWEC 2005 Brussels Belgium E

Go Green Initiative

2002 Pleasanton CA USA G

GO15

2004 Lansdale PA USA F

Good Energies Foundation

2007 Zug Switzerland G f Foundations

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

2008 Geneva Switzerland G j Institutes

Green Cross International

GCI 1993 Geneva Switzerland F Humanitarian Organizations

Group of European Municipalities with Nuclear Facilities

GMF 1993 Madrid Spain F

Group on Earth Observations

GEO 2005 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

Healthmatch International

1998 Yaba Nigeria D

HEDON Household Energy Network

1992 London UK G

HELIO International

1997 Paris France F v

High Conservation Value Resource Network

HCV Resource Network 2006 Oxford UK F y International Federations

High Energy Physics Technology Transfer Network

HEPTech 2006 Geneva Switzerland F y International Federations

Hydraulique sans frontières

HSF 1990 Chambéry France G

Hydrogen Europe

2009 Brussels Belgium F

IAEA Environment Laboratories

IAEA-EL 1961 Vienna Austria F g IGOs

Ibero-American Society for the Development of Biorefineries

Lisbon Portugal D v

Iberoamerican Society of Contamination and Environmental Toxicology

2001 D

IEA Clean Coal Centre

1975 London UK E g IGOs

Illuminating Engineering Society

IES 1906 New York NY USA G

Independent Power Producers Forum

IPPF Hong Kong Hong Kong F

industriAll European Trade Union

industriALL Europe Brussels Belgium D Trade and Labour Unions

Infra Eco Network Europe

IENE 1996 Linköping Sweden F

Infrastructure Consortium for Africa

ICA 2005 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire E gy International Federations, IGOs

Institute for Sustainable Power

ISP 1996 Evergreen CO USA G j Institutes

Institute for Zero Waste in Africa

IZWA Cape Town South Africa G j Institutes

Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies

1981 Naples Italy G j Institutes

Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa

IWMSA Roodepoort South Africa N j Institutes

Institution of Lighting Engineers

ILE 1924 Rugby UK N jv Institutes

Integrated Spatial Potential Initiative for Renewables in Europe

INSPIRE Didcot UK F y International Federations

Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee

IADC 1993 E

Inter-American Center for Development and Environmental and Territorial Research

1965 Mérida Venezuela G g IGOs

Inter-American Centre for Studies on Water Resources

1989 Toluca Mexico E

Inter-Islamic Network on Renewable Energy Sources

INRES 1987 F g IGOs

Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management

INWRDAM 1987 Amman Jordan F g IGOs

Inter-State Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia

ICWC 1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan E g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Inter-State School of Hydraulic and Rural Engineering for Senior Technicians

1972 F g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources

AU-IBAR 1951 Nairobi Kenya E g IGOs

Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization

IREO J g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Internation Council for Sustainable Energy

ICSE 2007 Washington DC USA C

International Action Centre for Pollution Incidents Response in the North-East Atlantic

1990 Lisbon Portugal E g IGOs

International Air Transport Association

IATA 1945 Geneva Switzerland B y International Federations

International Association for Electro-Smog Research

1990 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain N

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