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

Friends of the Earth International

FoEI 1971 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

FCH JU 2008 Brussels Belgium E

FuelsEurope

1989 Brussels Belgium D

Future of Rural Energy in Europe

FREE 2010 J

Gas Infrastructure Europe

GIE 2002 Brussels Belgium D

Gas Technology Institute

GTI 1941 Des Plaines IL USA G j

GEF CSO Network

GCN 1995 Phnom Penh Cambodia F y

Generation Climate Europe

GCE E

Generation IV International Forum

GIF 2001 Boulogne-Billancourt France F gy

GEODE

1991 Brussels Belgium D

GERES

1976 Aubagne France G

Global 100% RE

Bonn Germany F y

Global Alliance for Energy Productivity

2015 Washington DC USA E y

Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace

GAMIP Geneva Switzerland C v

Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative

GLAFRI 2015 Düsseldorf Germany C

Global Bioenergy Partnership

GBEP 2005 Rome Italy E g

Global Biomass Network Project

Grand Forks ND USA F

Global BrightLight Foundation

Naples FL USA G f

Global Cabin Air Quality Executive

GCAQE 2006 Horsham UK C

Global CCS Institute

2009 Melbourne VIC Australia C j

Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance

GCWDA 2015 C

Global Commons Institute, London

1991 London UK G j

Global Community Monitor

GCM 2001 El Cerrito CA USA G

Global Coral Reef Alliance

GCRA 1990 Cambridge MA USA N

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

GCoM 2016 Brussels Belgium F

Global Development Research Centre

GDRC 2000 Kobe Japan G

Global Energy Balance Network

GEBN Columbia SC USA J

Global Energy Initiative

New York NY USA F

Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization

GEIDCO 2016 Beijing China C

Global Energy Network Institute

GENI 1986 San Diego CA USA N j

Global Energy Storage Alliance

GESA 2014 Berkeley CA USA C y

Global Environment and Natural Resources Institute

GENRI 2013 Fairfax VA USA G j

Global Forum on Sustainable Energy

GFSE 1999 Vienna Austria G

Global Fuel Economy Initiative

GFEI London UK E

Global Hope Mobilization

GLOHOMO Lilongwe Malawi G

Global Information Infrastructure Commission

GIIC 1995 Washington DC USA G

Global Infrastructure Alliance for Internet Safety

GIAIS 2004 F

Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation

GIB Foundation 2008 Basel Switzerland F f

Global Infrastructure Connectivity Alliance

GICA 2016 Singapore Singapore E y

Global Infrastructure Hub

GI Hub 2014 Sydney NSW Australia E

Global Lighting Association

2007 Ipswich QLD Australia F y

Global LPG Partnership

GLPGP 2012 New York NY USA F y

Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

1992 Brunswick ME USA G

Global Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production

RECPnet 2010 Vienna Austria F y

Global Off-Grid Lighting Association

GOGLA 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E y

Global Parks

G

Global Parliament of Mayors

GPM 2016 The Hague Netherlands F v

Global Partnership for Oceans

GPO 2012 B y

Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches

GPRBA 2003 Washington DC USA E gy

Global Power and Propulsion Society

GPPS Zug Switzerland C

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