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

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission

HELCOM 1974 Helsinki Finland E gy

Baltic Sea Region Energy Cooperation

BASREC 1999 Riga Latvia F g

Basel Action Network

BAN 1997 Seattle WA USA F

Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy

BASE 2001 Basel BS Switzerland G

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

UNCRTD 1989 Geneva GE Switzerland T g

Basel Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

1999 T g

Benelux Association for Energy Economics

BAEE 1984 Amsterdam Netherlands E v

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f

Bio-based Industries Consortium

BIC 2013 Brussels Belgium E

Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure

BBMRI-ERIC 2013 Graz Austria E g

Bioenergy Europe

1990 Brussels Belgium D y

Bioenergy Institute

ITEBE 1997 Lons-le-Saunier France G j

Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme

BDCP Washington DC USA G

BioTrade Initiative

1996 Geneva GE Switzerland E

Black Sea Energy Research Centre

BSERC 2007 Sofia Bulgaria D

Blue Planet Foundation

Honolulu HI USA G f


Bluefields Atlántico Sur Nicaragua N

Bolivia Inti - Sud Soleil

Nantes France G


2012 Canterbury UK G

buildingSMART International

bSI 1994 Kettering UK F

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels Belgium C


2005 London UK F

Canadian Arctic Resources Committee

CARC 1971 Ottawa ON Canada N

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

CSLF 2003 Washington DC USA F g

Caretakers of the Environment International

CEI 1986 F

Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

CCREEE St Michael St Michael Barbados D g

Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation

CARILEC 1988 Castries St Lucia F

Caribbean Energy Information System

CEIS Kingston Jamaica F g

Caribbean Environment Programme

CEP Kingston Jamaica E g

Caribbean Natural Resources Institute

CANARI 1977 Barataria Trinidad-Tobago E j

Caribbean Solar Energy Society

CSES St Augustine Trinidad-Tobago D

Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association

CAWASA 1996 Gros-Islet St Lucia D

Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association

CWWA 1988 St Joseph Trinidad-Tobago D v

Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid

1962 Aachen Germany G

Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa

CYNESA 2012 Nairobi Kenya F


2000 London UK F

Center for Clean Air Policy

CCAP 1985 Washington DC USA G

Centers for Natural Resources and Development


Central African Power Pool

CAPP 2003 Brazzaville Brazzaville Congo Brazzaville F

Central American Engineering Institutions Network

REDICA 1998 San José San José San José Costa Rica F

Central American Solar Energy Project

CASEP 1991 Charlottesville VA USA G

Central American Water Resource Management Network

CARA 1999 Calgary AB Canada E

Central Europe Energy Partners

CEEP 2010 Brussels Belgium G

Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium

CERIC Trieste TS Italy E

Centre Africain de Recherches Forestières Appliquées et de Développement

CARFAD 1994 Yaoundé Cameroon G

Centre européen de ressources et technologies nouvelles pour l'éducation et la formation

CERTNEF 1996 Malonne Belgium N

Centre for International Development and Training

CIDT 1975 Telford UK G

Centre for Livelihoods, Ecosystems, Energy, Adaptation and Resilience in the Caribbean

CLEAR Caribbean Bridport UK G

Centre for Security Cooperation

RACVIAC 2000 Bestovje Croatia E g

Centre international de lutte contre la pollution de l'Atlantique du Nord-Est

CILPAN 1990 Lisbon Portugal E g