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

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

ICES 1902 Copenhagen Denmark C g

International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers Associations

ICARHMA 1991 Arlington VA USA C

International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences

ICAS 1957 Bonn Germany C

International Council on Clean Transportation

ICCT Washington DC USA C

International Council on Large Electric Systems

1921 Paris France C

International Council on Materials Education

ICME 1979 Denton TX USA F v

International Council on Surgical Plume

ICSP Clarence NY USA N

International Dark-Sky Association

IDA 1988 Tucson AZ USA G v

International District Energy Association

IDEA 1909 Westborough MA USA G

International Economic Association Interatomenergo

IEA Interatomenergo 1973 Moscow Russia D eg

International Electric Propulsion Conference

IEPC S c

International Electrical Research Exchange

IERE 1968 Tokyo Japan F

International Electrotechnical Commission

IEC 1906 Geneva Switzerland C

International Emergency Management Organization

IEMO 2006 Nouakchott Mauritania C g

International Emissions Trading Association

IETA 1999 Geneva Switzerland D

International Energy Agency

IEA 1974 Paris France E g

International Energy and Mines Organization

IEMO 1996 Montreuil France F

International Energy Credit Association

IECA 1923 Mount Laurel NJ USA F v

International Energy Forum

IEF Riyadh Saudi Arabia F g

International Energy Foundation

IEF 1989 Tripoli Libyan AJ F f

International Energy Workshop

IEW 1981 Milan Italy S c

International Environmental Technology Centre

IETC 1992 Osaka Japan E g

International Federation of Associations in the Field of Microwave and RF Power Engineering

MAJIC 2006 Cartagena Spain E y

International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers, Europe

IFIEC - Europe 1988 Brussels Belgium E t

International Flame Research Foundation

IFRF 1948 Sheffield UK F f

International Fluid Power Conference

S c

International Fluid Power Society

IFPS 1960 Cherry Hill NJ USA N

International Forecourt Standards Forum

IFSF 1991 Colchester UK F

International Forestry and Resources Institutions

IFRI 1992 Ann Arbor MI USA G

International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains

ISVC 2013 Horgen Switzerland F

International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation

IFNEC 2007 F g

International Fuel and Power Association

IFPA 1989 Moscow Russia D

International Fuel Quality Center

IFQC 1998 Houston TX USA F

International Fuel Tax Association

IFTA Chandler AZ USA N

International Gas Union

IGU 1931 Barcelona Spain C y

International Generator Technical Community

IGTC N

International Geothermal Association

IGA 1988 Bonn Germany C

International Green Energy Council

IGEC Washington DC USA N

International Grid Trust Federation

IGTF F y

International Ground Source Heat Pump Association

IGSHPA 1987 N

International Ground Water Modelling Center

IGWMC 1978 Golden CO USA G

International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre

IGRAC Delft Netherlands E

International Group of Research Reactors

IGORR 1989 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance France E

International HCH and Pesticides Association

IHPA 1998 Holte Denmark D

International Hydropower Association

IHA 1995 London UK C

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA 1972 Laxenburg Austria D j

International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research

I2CCNER 2010 Fukuoka Japan G j

International Institute for Energy Conservation

IIEC 1984 Vienna VA USA F j

International Institute for Energy Conservation - Europe

IIEC-Europe 1993 London UK K j

International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction

IIIRR Calgary AB Canada D

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