Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy

Affordable & Clean Energy

Goal 7 is about ensuring access to clean and affordable energy, which is key to the development of agriculture, business, communications, education, healthcare and transportation.

The world continues to advance towards sustainable energy targets – but not fast enough. At the current pace, about 660 million people will still lack access to electricity and close to 2 billion people will still rely on polluting fuels and technologies for cooking by 2030.

Our everyday life depends on reliable and affordable energy. And yet the consumption of energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.

From 2015 to 2021, the proportion of the global population with access to electricity has increased from 87 per cent to 91 per cent.

Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy in all developing countries is a crucial goal that can both encourage growth and help the environment.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Centro UNESCO del Pais Vasco

UNESCO Etxea 1991 Bilbao Spain G

Challenges Worldwide

Edinburgh UK G

Chambre de commerce belgo-luxembourgeoise-allemande

1894 Brussels Belgium G

Chemists Without Borders

2004 Sacramento CA USA N

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva Switzerland E y

Children's Resources International

CRI 1994 Washington DC USA G

Chips Joint Undertaking

Chips JU 2021 Brussels Belgium E y

Christian Engineers in Development

CED 1985 South Brent UK G

Church Resource Ministries

CRM 1980 Anaheim CA USA N

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y


1999 Washington DC USA E

Clean Air Asia

2001 Pasig City Philippines E y

Clean Air Initiative for Cities Around the World

CAI 1998 Washington DC USA F

Clean Air Institute

CAI 2006 Washington DC USA E j

Clean Air Task Force

CATF 1996 Boston MA USA G

Clean Cooking Alliance

2010 Washington DC USA E

Clean Energy Ministerial

CEM 2009 Paris France F cg

Clean Shipping Coalition

CSC Brussels Belgium C y

Clean Sky Joint Undertaking

Clean Sky JU 2008 Brussels Belgium E

Clean Up the World

CUW 1993 Darlinghurst NSW Australia F


London UK F

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

CCAC 2012 Paris France E y

Climate Investment Coalition


Climate Investment Funds

CIF 2008 F f

Climate Ledger Initiative

CLI 2016 Zurich Switzerland E

Climate Parliament

London UK F

Climate Reality Project Europe

Vienna Austria F

CO2 Value Europe

CVE 2017 Brussels Belgium D

Coalition Clean Baltic

CCB 1990 Uppsala Sweden F y

Coalition for Energy Savings

Brussels Belgium F y

COGEN Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium D yt

Collaborative Intergovernmental Scientific Research Institute

CISRI 2000 Novara Italy E gj

Collaborative Working Group on Solid Waste Management in Low- and Middle-income Countries

CWG St Gallen Switzerland F

Comisión Latinoamericana de Empresarios de Combustibles

CLAEC 1995 Montevideo Uruguay E

Comité européen de normalisation

CEN 1961 Brussels Belgium D y

Comité Regional de Recursos Hidraulicos del Istmo Centroamericano

CRRH 1966 San José Costa Rica E g

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

CEC 1994 Montréal QC Canada E g

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CCAMLR 1982 Hobart TAS Australia E gy

Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage

CIE 1900 Vienna Austria C

Commission on Air Pollution Prevention of VDI and DIN - Standards Committee

1990 Düsseldorf Germany G

Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Black Sea Commission Istanbul Türkiye E g

Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards

CRIRSCO 1994 Westmount QC Canada C

Committee on Sustainable Energy

1990 Geneva Switzerland E g

Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

COPUOS 1959 Vienna Austria E g

Common Access to Biological Resources and Information

CABRI 1996 Genoa Italy F

Common Ground Research Networks

1984 Champaign IL USA F

Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure

CLARIN 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E

Commonwealth Engineers' Council

CEC 1946 London UK C

Commonwealth Human Ecology Council

CHEC 1969 C

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

CER 1988 Brussels Belgium F v