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

European Recovered Fuel Organisation

ERFO 2001 Brussels Belgium D

European Recycling Platform

ERP 2002 Cernusco sul Naviglio Italy F

European Renewable Energies Federation

EREF 1999 Brussels Belgium D

European Small Hydropower Association

ESHA 1989 Brussels Belgium D

European Society for Quantum Solar Energy Conversion

1994 Utrecht Netherlands D

European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology

ESWET 2004 Brussels Belgium D

European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy

ETIP Bioenergy Gülzow Germany F

European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants

ZEP 2005 Brussels Belgium F

European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources

ETP SMR 2005 Brussels Belgium F

European Treaty on Renewable Energy

EURENEW J gp Treaties, IGOs

European Union Against Aircraft Nuisance

1968 London UK D

European Union for Responsible Incineration and Treatment of Special Waste

EURITS 1993 London UK D

European Utilities Telecom Council

EUTC Brussels Belgium E

European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association


European Water and Wastewater Industry Association

Aqua Europa 1977 Brussels Belgium D

European Water Resources Association

EWRA Athens Greece D

European Water Treatment Association

EWTA Brussels Belgium D

European Wind Energy Technology Platform

TPWind 2005 Brussels Belgium F

European Working Group on Acoustic Emission

EWGAE 1972 Warsaw Poland D c Conference Series

Euroshore International

1998 Brussels Belgium D

EUROSOLAR - European Association for Renewable Energy

1988 Bonn Germany D

EuroSpill Association

2004 Petersfield UK E y International Federations

Executive Secretariat of the Council of Electrification of Central America

1985 San Salvador El Salvador E g IGOs

Fair Trade Resource Network

FTRN 2001 Philadelphia PA USA N


1995 Brussels Belgium F

Fluid Power Net International

FPNI 1998 West Lafayette IN USA F

Focusing Resources on Effective School Health

FRESH 2000 Paris France E g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs


2000 Kamloops BC Canada G

Fondation Énergies pour le Monde

Fondem 1990 Paris France G

Fondation énergies pour le monde

1986 Paris France G f Foundations

Fondation internationale du Banc d'Arguin

FIBA 1986 Arles France G f Foundations

Fondazione Mediterranea

1985 Ragusa Italy G f Foundations

Food for Life Global

FFL 1974 Kamnik Slovenia E Humanitarian Organizations

Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network

FANRPAN 1997 Pretoria South Africa E

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

FCPF Washington DC USA F gy International Federations, IGOs

Forum international pour l'exploitation forestière

FIEF 1998 Kinshasa Congo DR G

Forum of Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities

HAPUA 1981 Jakarta Indonesia F g IGOs

Fossil Fuel Foundation of Africa

FFF 1994 Johannesburg South Africa F f Foundations

Fossil Fuels Forum

Brussels Belgium E g IGOs

Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure

FFII 1998 Berlin Germany F f Foundations

Framework Agreement for the Conservation of Living Marine Resources on the High Seas of the South Pacific

Galapagos Agreement 2000 T g Treaties, IGOs

Franciscans International

FI 1985 Geneva Switzerland F Human Rights Organizations, United Nations Bodies

Freecycle Network

2003 Tucson AZ USA N

FRIEND / Hindu Kush-Himalayan

HKH-FRIEND 1996 Kathmandu Nepal K g IGOs


1989 Brussels Belgium D

Future of Rural Energy in Europe

FREE 2010 J

Gas Infrastructure Europe

GIE 2002 Brussels Belgium D

Gas Technology Institute

GTI 1941 Des Plaines IL USA G j Institutes

Generation IV International Forum

GIF 2001 Boulogne-Billancourt France F gy International Federations, IGOs


1991 Brussels Belgium D