Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy

Affordable & Clean Energy

Goal 7 is about ensuring access to clean and affordable energy, which is key to the development of agriculture, business, communications, education, healthcare and transportation.

The world continues to advance towards sustainable energy targets – but not fast enough. At the current pace, about 660 million people will still lack access to electricity and close to 2 billion people will still rely on polluting fuels and technologies for cooking by 2030.

Our everyday life depends on reliable and affordable energy. And yet the consumption of energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.

From 2015 to 2021, the proportion of the global population with access to electricity has increased from 87 per cent to 91 per cent.

Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy in all developing countries is a crucial goal that can both encourage growth and help the environment.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Rural World Resources International

RWRI 2000 Bamenda Cameroon N


2008 Clermont-Ferrand France F

Ryan Foundation International

1982 Chennai India G f

SAARC Energy Centre, Islamabad

2004 Islamabad Pakistan K g

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g

Sahara Resource Network

2001 Port Elizabeth South Africa G

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

SSM 1958 Moratuwa Sri Lanka G

Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association

SGIA 2001 Malmö Sweden D

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

SCIAF 1965 Glasgow UK G f

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Science

SEAMEO QITEP in Science 2009 Bandung Indonesia E gv

Seas at Risk

SAR 1986 Brussels Belgium F y

Seaweed for Europe


Secretaria Ejecutiva del Consejo de Electrificación de América Central

SE-CEAC 1985 San Salvador El Salvador E g

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention Geneva Switzerland E g

Self Storage Association Asia

SSAA 2014 Sheung Wan Hong Kong D

Service Civil International

SCI 1920 Antwerp Belgium B

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo Brazil K

Sewa International

1993 New Delhi India G

Share the World's Resources

STWR 2003 London UK G

Shell Foundation

2000 London UK G f

Sierra Club International Program

1972 Oakland CA USA E

Small Business Standards

SBS 2013 Brussels Belgium D y

Small Island Developing States - Island Energy for Island Life


Smart Water Networks Forum

SWAN Weybridge UK F c


Smart Energy Europe 2011 Brussels Belgium D

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Contaminación y Toxicologgia Ambientales

SICTA 2001 J

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Fisica y Quimica Ambiental

SiFyQA 2005 Salamanca Spain D

Sociedad Iberoamericana para el Desarrollo de las Biorrefinarias

SIADEB Lisbon Portugal D v

Société internationale de technique hydrothermale

SITH 1969 Cuntis Spain D v

Society for Development Alternatives

1983 Delhi India G

Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

SGMF 2014 London UK C

Society for International Development

SID 1957 Rome Italy B y

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 Falls Church VA USA D

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

SETAC 1979 Brussels Belgium F v

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

SEG 1930 Houston TX USA G v

Soil and Water Conservation Society

SWCS 1943 Ankeny IA USA G

Solar Cookers International

SCI 1987 Sacramento CA USA F

Solar Decathlon Europe

SDE Naarden Netherlands J

Solar Electric Light Fund

SELF 1990 Washington DC USA G f

Solar Energy International

SEI 1991 Paonia CO USA G

Solar Energy Society of Central Africa

SESCA Gisenyi Rwanda G

Solar Heat Europe

ESTIF 1992 Brussels Belgium D t

Solar Light for Africa

SLA Melbourne FL USA G

Solar Solidarity International



2006 London UK G

SolarPower Europe

1985 Brussels Belgium D


Hainau Germany C