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

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

INSPIRE Didcot UK F y

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 for 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 Miami FL 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 Tempe AZ USA D

International Association of Advanced Materials

IAAM 2010 Ulrika Sweden C

International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants

IAC2 Boulder CO USA G

International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners

INTERCARGO 1980 London UK C

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 Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior

IASPEI 1901 Kjeller Norway B

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

International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance

IBESA 2013 J

International Bioenergy Platform

IBEP 2006 F

International Biomass Torrefaction Council

IBTC 2012 Brussels Belgium E

International Carbon Action Partnership

ICAP 2007 Berlin Germany F g

International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance

ICROA 2008 Geneva Switzerland E

International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management

ICIWaRM Alexandria VA USA G

International Center for Research on Women

ICRW 1976 Washington DC USA G

International Center on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures, Yazd

ICQHS 2005 Yazd Iran Islamic Rep E

International Centre for Coastal Resources Research

1993 Barcelona Spain E

International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies

ICHET 2003 Istanbul Turkey G g

International Centre for Hydropower

ICH 1995 Trondheim Norway G

International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy

ICIEE 1998 Lyngby Denmark G

International Centre for Infrastructure Futures

ICIF London UK N

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

ICIMOD 1981 Kathmandu Nepal E g

International Centre for Physical Land Resources

ICPLR 1998 Ghent Belgium E

International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

SDEWES Centre Zagreb Croatia G

International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change

ICWRGC Koblenz Germany E g

International Centre on Small Hydro-Power

IC-SHP 1994 Hangzhou China G

International Chornobyl Centre

ICC Kiev Ukraine G

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