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

HELIO International

1997 Paris France F v

High Conservation Value Resource Network

HCV Resource Network 2006 Oxford UK F y

High Energy Physics Technology Transfer Network

HEPTech 2006 Darmstadt Germany F y

High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Panel 2018 Washington DC USA F y

Human Rights Funders Network

HRFN 1994 New York NY USA G

Hydraulique sans frontières

HSF 1990 Chambéry France G

Hydrogen Europe

2009 Brussels Belgium F

IAEA Environment Laboratories

IAEA-EL 1961 Vienna Austria F g

IEA Clean Coal Centre

1975 London UK E g

Illuminating Engineering Society

IES 1906 New York NY USA G

INCE Europe

2005 Wallasey UK G

Independent Power Producers Forum

IPPF Hong Kong Hong Kong F

industriAll European Trade Union

industriALL Europe 2012 Brussels Belgium D

Infrastructure Consortium for Africa

ICA 2005 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire E gy

Infrastructure Ecology Network Europe

IENE 1996 Paris France F

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum

ICEF 2014 S c

Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement

IHEID 2008 Geneva Switzerland G j

Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Ecologie marine et continentale

IMBE 2012 Aix-en-Provence France G

Institute for Sustainable Power

ISP 1996 Evergreen CO USA G j

Institute for Zero Waste in Africa

IZWA Cape Town South Africa G j

Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies

1981 Naples Italy G j

Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa

IWMSA Roodepoort South Africa N j

Institution of Lighting Engineers

ILE 1924 Rugby UK N jv

Instituto Internacional de Recursos Renovables

IRRI México Mexico City Mexico G j

Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium

IAMC 2007 Venice Italy C y

Integrated Spatial Potential Initiative for Renewables in Europe


Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee

IADC 1993 E

Inter-American Centre for Studies on Water Resources

1989 Toluca Mexico E

Inter-Islamic Network on Renewable Energy Sources

INRES 1987 F g

Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management

INWRDAM 1987 Amman Jordan F g

Inter-State Commission Water Coordination of Central Asia

ICWC 1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan E g

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

1972 F g

Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources

AU-IBAR 1951 Nairobi Kenya E g

Internation Council for Sustainable Energy

ICSE 2007 Washington DC USA C

International Air Transport Association

IATA 1945 Geneva Switzerland B y

International Association for Energy Economics

IAEE 1977 Cleveland OH USA C v

International Association for Hydrogen Energy

IAHE 1974 West Lafayette IN USA B

International Association for Society and Natural Resources

IASNR 2001 Logan UT USA D

International Association for Stability, Handling and Use of Liquid Fuels

IASH 1986 Atlanta GA USA C v

International Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology

IASMiRT 1971 Raleigh NC USA D v

International Association for the Study of the Commons

IASC 1989 Utrecht Netherlands D

International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants

IAC2 Boulder CO USA G

International Association of Hydrogeologists

IAH 1956 Reading UK B

International Association of Lighting Designers

IALD 1969 Chicago IL USA G

International Association of Lighting Management Companies

NALMCO 1953 Ankeny IA USA G

International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area

1993 Vienna Austria D

International Association of Wood Anatomists

IAWA 1931 Beijing China B v

International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA 1957 Vienna Austria B g

International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group

GTB 1951 Turin Italy E

International Baltic Sea Fishery Commission

IBSFC 1973 G bg