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 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 Organization for Standardization

ISO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B

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

International Society for Hydrothermal Techniques

1969 Cuntis Spain D v

international Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport infrastructures

iSMARTi 2003 B

International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure

ISHMII Winnipeg MB Canada D

International Society for Trenchless Technology

ISTT 1986 London UK C y International Federations

International Society for Tropical Ecology

ISTE 1956 Varanasi India B

International Society of Environmental Botanists

ISEB 1994 Lucknow India G v

International Society of Exposure Science

ISES 1989 Herndon VA USA G v

International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

ISIAQ 1992 Herndon VA USA C

International Society of Nuclear Air Treatment Technology

ISNATT 1990 Southeastern PA USA N

International Soil Conservation Organization

ISCO 1983 Honolulu HI USA F

International Solar Alliance

ISA 2015 Haryana India C g IGOs

International Solar Energy Society

ISES 1954 Freiburg Germany B

International Solid Waste Association

ISWA 1931 Vienna Austria B

International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association

ISHA University Park PA USA E c Conference Series

International Sustainable Energy Organization

ISEO 2002 Geneva Switzerland D

International Symposium on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis

Pyro S c

International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation

EREM S c Conference Series

International Symposium on Environmental Issues and Waste Management in Energy and Minerals Production

SWEMP S c Conference Series

International Symposium on Noise in Physical Systems

Washington DC USA S c Conference Series

International Symposium on Society and Resource Management

ISSRM S c Conference Series

International Symposium on Wind Energy Systems

Bedford UK S c Conference Series

International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation

ITOPF 1968 London UK B

International Technical Meeting of the Nuclear Industries

Basel Switzerland S c Conference Series

International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application

S c Conference Series

International Telecommunication Union

ITU 1865 Geneva Switzerland B g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

International Telecommunications Energy Conference

INTELEC S c Conference Series

International Thorium Energy Organisation

IThEO Strövelstorp Sweden J

International Topical Conference on High-Power Electron and Ion-Beam Research and Technology

S c Conference Series

International Trade Union Alliance of Public Utilities, Local Industry and Services Workers

Moscow Russia D Trade and Labour Unions

International Trade Union Elektroprofsoyuz

Electrounion 1991 Moscow Russia D Trade and Labour Unions

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

IUCN 1948 Gland Switzerland A y International Federations

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