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 Fuel Cell Forum

EFCF 1994 Adligenswil Switzerland F ce

European Geothermal Energy Council

EGEC 1998 Brussels Belgium E

European Greenways Association

EGWA 1998 Madrid Spain D

European Heating Oil Association

Eurofuel Brussels Belgium D

European High Temperature Reactor Technology Network

HTR-TN 2000 Brussels Belgium F

European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine

EATRIS 2013 Amsterdam Netherlands D

European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy

Fusion for Energy 2007 Barcelona Spain E g

European Language Resource Coordination


European Language Resources Association

ELRA 1995 Paris France D

European Lighting Clusters Alliance

ELCA 2011 Piombino Dese Italy D

European Litter Prevention Association

ELPA Brussels Belgium D

European Mineral Resources Confederation

EUMICON 2012 Vienna Austria D

European Network for Research in Geo-Energy

ENeRG 1993 Zagreb Croatia F

European Network of Science Centres and Museums

ECSITE 1988 Brussels Belgium F y

European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity

ENTSO-E 1999 Brussels Belgium D y

European Noise Barrier Federation

ENBF 2009 Brussels Belgium D

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


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 Policy Centre

EPC 1997 Brussels Belgium F y

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

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 Research Institute for Gas and Energy Innovation

ERIG 2015 Bonn Germany D j

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 Technical Safety Organisations Network

ETSON 2006 Garching Germany F

European Technology & Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal

ETIP-DG 2016 F

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


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