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

Global Community Monitor

GCM 2001 El Cerrito CA USA G

Global Coral Reef Alliance

GCRA 1990 Cambridge MA USA N

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

2016 F

Global Energy Balance Network

GEBN Columbia SC USA F

Global Energy Initiative

New York NY USA F

Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization

GEIDCO 2016 Beijing China C

Global Energy Network Institute

GENI 1986 San Diego CA USA N j Institutes

Global Energy Storage Alliance

GESA 2014 Berkeley CA USA C y International Federations

Global Environment and Natural Resources Institute

GENRI 2013 Fairfax VA USA G j Institutes

Global Forum on Sustainable Energy

GFSE 1999 Vienna Austria G

Global Fuel Economy Initiative

GFEI London UK E

Global Information Infrastructure Commission

GIIC 1995 Washington DC USA G

Global Infrastructure Alliance for Internet Safety

GIAIS 2004 F

Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation

GIB Foundation 2008 Basel Switzerland F f Foundations

Global Lighting Association

2007 Ipswich Australia F y International Federations

Global LPG Partnership

GLPGP 2012 New York NY USA F y

Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

1992 Brunswick ME USA G

Global Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production

RECPnet 2010 Vienna Austria F y International Federations

Global Off-Grid Lighting Association

GOGLA 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E y International Federations

Global Parks


Global Partnership for Oceans

GPO 2012 B y International Federations

Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities

GPA 1995 Nairobi Kenya K g IGOs

Global Renewable Fuels Alliance

GRFA 2009 Toronto ON Canada C y International Federations

Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

GRACE 1996 New York NY USA G

Global Resource Information Database

GRID 1985 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

Global Resource Services

GRS Atlanta GA USA G

Global Smart Grid Federation

GSGF 2010 Belfast UK E

Global Solar Council

GSC 2015 B y

Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership

GSEP 2010 E g IGOs

Global Water Research Coalition

GWRC 2002 Stirling Australia C

Global Wind Energy Council

GWEC 2005 Brussels Belgium E

Go Green Initiative

2002 Pleasanton CA USA G


2004 Lansdale PA USA F

Good Energies Foundation

2007 Zug Switzerland G f

Group of European Municipalities with Nuclear Facilities

GMF 1993 Madrid Spain F

Healthmatch International

1998 Yaba Nigeria D

HEDON Household Energy Network

1992 London UK G

HELIO International

1997 Paris France F v

High Conservation Value Resource Network

HCV Resource Network 2006 Oxford UK F y International Federations

High Energy Physics Technology Transfer Network

HEPTech 2006 Geneva Switzerland F y International Federations

Hydraulique sans frontières

HSF 1990 Chambéry France G

Hydrogen Europe

2009 Brussels Belgium F

IAEA Environment Laboratories

IAEA-EL 1961 Vienna Austria F g IGOs

Ibero-American Network of Biosphere Reserves and MAB Committees

1993 Paris France F

Ibero-American Society for the Development of Biorefineries

Lisbon Portugal D v

Iberoamerican Society of Contamination and Environmental Toxicology

2001 D

IEA Clean Coal Centre

1975 London UK E g IGOs

Illuminating Engineering Society

IES 1906 New York NY USA G

Independent Power Producers Forum

IPPF Hong Kong Hong Kong F

industriAll European Trade Union

industriALL Europe Brussels Belgium D Trade and Labour Unions