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

European Nuclear Society

ENS 1975 Brussels Belgium D

European Partners for the Environment

EPE 1993 Brussels Belgium E y

European Partnership for Energy and the Environment

EPEE 2000 Brussels Belgium F y

European Pesticide Residue Workshop

EPRW S c

European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference

EU PVSEC 1977 S c

European Plant Science Organization

EPSO 2000 Brussels Belgium D y

European Plastic Automotive Fuel Systems Manufacturers

PlasFuelSys Brussels Belgium D

European Platform Against Windfarms

EPAW 2008 Kingscourt Ireland F

European Portable Battery Association

EPBA 1957 Brussels Belgium D

European Power Electronics and Drives Association

EPE 1983 Brussels Belgium D v

European Power Supplies Manufacturer's Association EEIG

EPSMA 1995 Oxford UK D

European Power Transmission Distributors Association

EPTDA 1998 Diegem Belgium D

European PPP Operating Companies in Infrastructure and Services

E3PO 2008 Brussels Belgium D y

European Rail Infrastructure Managers

EIM 2001 Brussels Belgium D y

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 Literature, Science and the Arts

SLSAeu Basel Switzerland D

European Society for Quantum Solar Energy Conversion

1994 Utrecht Netherlands D

European Society for Sonochemistry

ESS 1990 Milan Italy 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 Transport Workers' Federation

ETF 1958 Brussels Belgium E

European Treaty on Renewable Energy

EURENEW J gp

European Union for Responsible Incineration and Treatment of Special Waste

EURITS 1993 Mechelen Belgium D

European Union of Public Relations

EUPR 1976 Bolzano Italy D v

European Utilities Telecom Council

EUTC Brussels Belgium E

European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association

EWABA J

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 Wireless Infrastructure Association

EWIA Brussels Belgium J

European Working Group on Acoustic Emission

EWGAE 1972 Warsaw Poland D c

European X-ray Spectrometry Association

EXSA 2004 Budapest Hungary D

Euroshore International

1998 Brussels Belgium D

EUROSOLAR - European Association for Renewable Energy

1988 Bonn Germany D

EuroSpill Association

2004 Petersfield UK E y

Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance

EXPRA 2013 Brussels Belgium D

Fair Trade Resource Network

FTRN 2001 Philadelphia PA USA N

Federação Latino-Americana de Analise Bioenergética

FLAAB 1996 G

Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas

FPVA 1997 Mexico City Mexico D

Federación Latinoamericana de Ciudades, Municipios y Asociaciones de Gobiernos Locales

FLACMA 1981 Mexico City Mexico D

Fédération européenne des cadres de l'énergie et de la recherche

FECER 1992 Paris France D

Fédération européenne des grossistes en appareils sanitaires et de chauffage

FEST 1958 Zaventem Belgium D

Fédération européenne du commerce chimique

Fecc 1954 Brussels Belgium D

Fédération internationale des clubs de motorhomes

FICM 1976 Arras France D

Federation of European Microbiological Societies

FEMS 1974 Delft Netherlands D y

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