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

International Ground Source Heat Pump Association

IGSHPA 1987 Stillwater OK USA N

International Ground Water Modelling Center

IGWMC 1978 Golden CO USA G

International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre

IGRAC Delft Netherlands E

International Group of Research Reactors

IGORR 1989 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance France E

International HCH and Pesticides Association

IHPA 1998 Holte Denmark D

International Human Rights Funders Group

IHRFG 1994 New York NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

International Hydropower Association

IHA 1995 London UK C

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA 1972 Laxenburg Austria D j Institutes

International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

IIBA 1956 Barcelona Spain E j Institutes

International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research

I2CCNER 2010 Fukuoka Japan G j Institutes

International Institute for Energy Conservation

IIEC 1984 Vienna VA USA F j Institutes

International Institute for Energy Conservation - Europe

IIEC-Europe 1993 London UK K j Institutes

International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction

IIIRR Calgary AB Canada D Institutes

International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering

2IE 2004 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F jg Institutes, IGOs

International Institute of Innovative Acoustic Emission

I3AE Kyoto Japan C j Institutes

International Institute of Noise Control Engineering

IINCE 1974 Petaluma CA USA C j Institutes

International Islamic Forum for Dialogue

IIFD 1994 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E y International Federations

International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association

IKECA 1989 Philadelphia PA USA N

International Lignin Institute

ILI 1991 Orbe Switzerland E j Institutes

International Livestock Research Institute

ILRI 1995 Nairobi Kenya E gj Institutes, IGOs

International Maritime Organization

IMO 1948 London UK B g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

International Microwave Power Institute

IMPI 1965 Mechanicsville VA USA F jv Institutes

International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance

INIVE 2001 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe Belgium F

International Network for Safety Assurance of Fuel Cycle Industries

INSAF 2000 J

International Network for Sustainable Energy

INFORSE 1992 Aarhus Denmark F y International Federations

International Network of Resource Information Centers

INRIC 1982 Cornish NH USA F

International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy

ENERGIA 1995 Leusden Netherlands F

International Network on Small Hydro Power

IN-SHP Hangzhou China E y International Federations

International Nuclear Energy Academy

1993 Atlanta GA USA F v

International Nuclear Societies Council

INSC 1990 F

International Ocean Noise Coalition

IONC 2002 Wädenswil Switzerland F y International Federations

International Office for Water

IOW Paris France E

International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds

IOPC Funds 1978 London UK F gf Funds, IGOs

International Oil Spill Conference

IOSC 1969 Washington DC USA S c Conference Series

International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation

IPEEC 2009 Paris France E g IGOs

International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy

IPHE 2003 Berlin Germany F

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA 1974 London UK F y International Federations

International Private Infrastructure Association

IPIA 2004 Chevy Chase MD USA G

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

IRHA 2002 Geneva Switzerland F y International Federations

International Recovery Foundation

IRF Zurich Switzerland F f Foundations

International Renewable Energy Agency

IRENA 2009 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates B g IGOs

International Renewable Energy Alliance

Ren Alliance 2004 Bonn Germany F y International Federations

International Renewable Resources Institute

Mexico City Mexico G j Institutes

International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development

ICEED 1974 Boulder CO USA G

International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies

LCS-RNet 2009 Hayama Japan F y International Federations

International Resources for Fairer Trade, India

IRFT 1995 Mumbai India G

International Salvage Union

ISU 1926 London UK D y International Federations

International Smart Grid Action Network

ISGAN 2010 Vienna Austria E g IGOs

International Society for Construction with Alternative Materials

ISCOWA 1992 Leuven Belgium D v

International Society for Environmental Protection

ISEP 1987 Vienna Austria D

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