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

Association of Energy Engineers

AEE 1977 Atlanta GA USA N

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

AERE 1979 Altamonte Springs FL USA G

Association of European Energy Exchanges

EUROPEX Brussels Belgium D

Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities

ERF-AISBL Brussels Belgium D y

Association of Geoscientists for International Development

AGID 1974 Dhaka Bangladesh C

Association of Issuing Bodies

AIB 2002 Brussels Belgium F

Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators

MEDREG 2006 Milan Italy E

Association of Nordic Engineers

ANE 2007 Copenhagen Denmark D

Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe

Plastics Europe 1976 Brussels Belgium D

Association of Power Exchanges

APEx 1996 Audubon PA USA D

Association of Power Utilities in Africa

APUA 1970 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire D y

Association of River Water Companies

RIWA 1950 Nieuwegein Netherlands F

Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning

ASAIHL 1956 Bangkok Thailand D

Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts

AVSE Global 2011 Paris France G

Association pour la Recherche et la Promotion de l'Energie Durable en Afrique Centrale

ARPEDAC 2009 Yaoundé Cameroon J

Atlas Service Corps

2006 Washington DC USA G

Australasian - Iron and Steel - Slag Association

ASA 1990 Wollongong NSW Australia N

Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

AARES 1957 Mitcham VIC Australia N

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin ACT Australia G y

AVSI Foundation

1972 Milan Italy G f

Balkan Environmental Association

BENA 1998 Thessaloniki Greece D

Baltic Energy Innovation Centre

BEIC Lund Sweden D

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission

HELCOM 1974 Helsinki Finland E gy

Basel Action Network

BAN 1997 Seattle WA USA F

Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy

BASE 2001 Basel Switzerland G

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

UNCRTD 1989 Geneva Switzerland T g

Basel Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

1999 T g

Benelux Association for Energy Economics

BAEE 1984 Amsterdam Netherlands E v

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f

Bio-based Industries Consortium

BIC 2013 Brussels Belgium D t

Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure

BBMRI-ERIC 2013 Graz Austria E g

Bioenergy Europe

1990 Brussels Belgium D y

Bioenergy Institute

ITEBE 1997 Lons-le-Saunier France G j

Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme

BDCP Washington DC USA G

BioTrade Initiative

1996 Geneva Switzerland E t

Black Sea Energy Research Centre

BSERC 2007 Sofia Bulgaria D

Blue Planet Foundation

Honolulu HI USA G f


Bluefields Nicaragua N


2012 Canterbury UK G

Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University

BKWSU 1936 London UK F v

Bretton Woods Project

1995 London UK G

Buildings Performance Institute Europe

BPIE 2010 Brussels Belgium D j

buildingSMART International

bSI 1994 Kings Langley UK F

Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs

BEUC 1962 Brussels Belgium D

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels Belgium C

Busan Foundation for International Cooperation

BFIC 2005 Busan Korea Rep G


2005 London UK F

Canadian Arctic Resources Committee

CARC 1971 Ottawa ON Canada N

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

CSLF 2003 Washington DC USA F g

Caretakers of the Environment International

CEI 1986 F