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

International Gas Union

IGU 1931 Barcelona Spain C y

International Generator Technical Community

IGTC N

International Geothermal Association

IGA 1988 Bonn Germany C

International Green Energy Council

IGEC Washington DC USA N

International Grid Trust Federation

IGTF F y

International Ground Source Heat Pump Association

IGSHPA 1987 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 Hydropower Association

IHA 1995 London UK C

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA 1972 Laxenburg Austria D j

International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

IIBA 1956 Barcelona Spain E j

International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research

I2CCNER 2010 Fukuoka Japan G j

International Institute for Energy Conservation

IIEC 1984 Vienna VA USA F j

International Institute for Energy Conservation - Europe

IIEC-Europe 1993 London UK K j

International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction

IIIRR Calgary AB Canada D

International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering

2IE 2004 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F gj

International Institute of Innovative Acoustic Emission

I3AE Kyoto Japan C j

International Institute of Inspiration Economy

IIIE 2015 Hamad Town Bahrain D j

International Institute of Noise Control Engineering

IINCE 1974 Cotati CA USA C j

International Institute of Refrigeration

IIR 1920 Paris France B gj

International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association

IKECA 1989 Philadelphia PA USA N

International Labour Organization

ILO 1919 Geneva Switzerland B g

International Lignin Institute

ILI 1991 Orbe Switzerland E j

International Lithosphere Program

ILP 1980 Potsdam Germany F

International Livestock Research Institute

ILRI 1995 Nairobi Kenya E gj

International Maritime Organization

IMO 1948 London UK B g

International Microwave Power Institute

IMPI 1965 Mechanicsville VA USA F jv

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 Network of Resource Information Centers

INRIC 1982 Cornish NH USA F

International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy

ENERGIA 1995 The Hague Netherlands F

International Network on Small Hydro Power

IN-SHP 2000 Hangzhou China E y

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 Office for Water

IOW 1991 Paris France E

International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds

IOPC Funds 1978 London UK F fg

International Oil Spill Conference

IOSC 1969 Washington DC USA S c

International Organization for Standardization

ISO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B

International Orienteering Federation

IOF 1961 Karlstad Sweden C

International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation

IPEEC 2009 Paris France E g

International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy

IPHE 2003 Berlin Germany F

International Passive House Association

iPHA 2010 Darmstadt Germany C

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA 1974 London UK F y

International Private Infrastructure Association

IPIA 2004 Chevy Chase MD USA G

International Project Finance Association

IPFA 1998 London UK D

International Public Relations Network

IPRN 1995 Madrid Spain F

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