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

ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

ECREEE 2008 Praia Cape Verde E g

ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority

ERERA 2008 Accra Ghana E g

EIT InnoEnergy

Eindhoven F

EIT RawMaterials

2015 Berlin Germany F


2012 Helsinki Finland F

Electric Power Council of the CIS

Moscow Russia E g

Electric Vehicle Union

EVU 2011 Brussels J

Energy 4 Impact

2002 London UK F

Energy Academy Europe

EAE Groningen Netherlands G

Energy and Environment Group

New York NY USA K g

Energy and Resources Institute

TERI 1974 Delhi India G j

Energy Charter Conference

1994 Brussels Belgium E gy

Energy Charter Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Effects

1994 T g

Energy Charter Treaty

ECT 1994 Brussels Belgium T g

Energy Cities

Besançon France E

Energy Community

2005 Vienna Austria E g

Energy Council of the Americas


Energy Delta Institute

EDI 2002 Groningen Netherlands G j

Energy Drinks Europe

EDE 2010 Brussels Belgium D

Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes

EEIP Brussels Belgium F t

Energy Efficiency Industrial Forum

EEIF Brussels F yt

Energy Innovation Center TESLIANUM

EIC TESLIANUM Belgrade Serbia G

Energy Institute

EI 2003 London UK G jy

Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative

EMIRI 2012 Brussels Belgium F ty

Energy Poverty Action

EPA Midrand South Africa E

Energy Regulators Association of East Africa

EREA 2008 Arusha Tanzania UR D

Energy Regulators Regional Association

ERRA 2000 Budapest Hungary D

Energy Technologies Europe

2001 Brussels Belgium D

Energy Transitions Commission

ETC 2016 C v

Energy Union

Brussels Belgium E g

Energy-Economic Information System for the Latin American and Caribbean Region

1973 Quito Ecuador K g

Energypact Foundation

2007 Vienna Austria F f

Engineers Without Borders International

EWB International 2002 Denver CO USA F

Envirofit International

2003 Fort Collins CO USA N

Environment and Development Resource Centre

EDRC 1991 Overijse Belgium G v

Environmental Coalition on Standards

ECOS 2001 Brussels D y

Environmental Foundation for Africa

EFA Freetown Sierra Leone G f

Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy

EFN 1996 Houilles France G


Fann-Dakar Senegal J


2008 Brussels Belgium D

ETIP Smart Networks for Energy Transition

ETIP SNET Brussels Belgium F

eu can aid

ECA 1968 Brussels Belgium F

EU ProSun

Brussels Belgium J

EU Umweltbüro

1994 Vienna G

EU-ASEAN Business Council

EU-ABC 2011 Singapore E

Euclid Network

2007 The Hague Netherlands E


Zaventem Belgium D


2012 Vienna D

EUniverCities Network

EUniverCities 2012 F

Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia

EFCA 2005 Almaty Kazakhstan G f