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

Coordinating European Council for the Development of Performance Tests for Transportation Fuels, Lubricants and Other Fluids

CEC 1963 Brussels Belgium D y

CORE Group

1997 Washington DC USA G y


1996 Berkeley CA USA G

CoST - the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative

CoST London UK E g

Council of European Energy Regulators

CEER 2000 Brussels Belgium E

Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific

CROP 1988 Suva Fiji E gy


2002 Winchester UK F

Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

2008 Brussels Belgium E

Culture Resource

2003 Brussels Belgium F

Deep Ocean Water Applications Society

DOWAS 1997 Saga Japan J

Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

DARIAH-EU 2014 Berlin Germany F

Disaster Resource Partnership


Diverse Network

S c

Drawdown Europe Research Association

DERA Amsterdam Netherlands D

E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism

2004 London UK G

Earth Commission

2019 Stockholm Sweden E

Earth Rights Institute

ERI 2001 Santa Monica CA USA G j


2014 Mumbai India F


EA 1992 Amherst MA USA F y


1971 San Francisco CA USA G f

Earthlife Africa

ELA 1988 Dalbridge South Africa G v

EarthSpark International

Washington DC USA G


2005 Washington DC USA G

East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Efficiency

EACREEE 2016 Kampala Uganda D g

East Asia and Pacific Infrastructure Regulatory Forum

EAPIRF 2003 Delhi India F

Eastern Africa Power Pool

EAPP Addis Ababa Ethiopia E g

Eastern African Power Industry Convention


Eastern African Power, Mining and Telecoms Industry Convention


Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum


Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

EaP CSF 2009 Brussels Belgium F y

Eau Sans Frontières Internationale

1978 Paris France G

ECA Subregional Office for Southern Africa

SRO-SA Lusaka 1997 Lusaka Zambia E g

ECLOF International

1946 Geneva Switzerland F f

ECO Science Foundation

ECOSF 2011 Islamabad Pakistan E fg

EcoLogic Development Fund

1993 Cambridge MA USA G f


2012 Doha Qatar F

Economy for the Common Good

ECG Hamburg Germany C

ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

ECREEE 2008 Praia Cape Verde E g

ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority

ERERA 2008 Accra Ghana E g

EIT RawMaterials

2015 Berlin Germany F


2012 Helsinki Finland F

Electric Power Council of the CIS

Moscow Russia E g

Electric Vehicle Union

EVU Brussels Belgium J

Energy 4 Impact

2002 London UK F

Energy Academy Europe

EAE Groningen Netherlands G

Energy and Environment Group

New York NY USA K g

Energy and Resources Institute

TERI 1974 Delhi India G j

Energy Charter Conference

1994 Brussels Belgium E gy

Energy Charter Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Effects

1994 T g

Energy Charter Treaty

ECT 1994 Brussels Belgium T g