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 Chemical Regions Network

ECRN 2004 Brussels Belgium D

European Chlorinated Solvent Association

ECSA 1989 Brussels Belgium E

European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network

ECRIN 2004 Paris France D

European Committee for Future Accelerators

ECFA 1963 Geneva Switzerland E

European Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

CEMEP 1991 Brussels Belgium E

European Confederation of Fuel Distributors

ECFD 2003 Brussels Belgium F

European Conference of Triga Reactor Users

Istanbul Turkey S c

European Consortium for the Development of Fusion Energy

EUROfusion 2014 Garching Germany E g

European Construction Industry Federation

1905 Brussels Belgium D

European Cool Roofs Council

ECRC 2011 Brussels Belgium D

European Cooperative Research Network on Sustainable Rural Environmental and Energy

SREN 1981 Braunschweig Germany K

European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

ECEEE 1993 Stockholm Sweden E

European Decontamination Institute

EDI 2013 Brussels Belgium D

European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories

DERlab 2008 Kassel Germany D

European Distribution System Operators' Association for Smart Grids

EDSO for Smart Grids Brussels Belgium D

European Energy Centre

EEC 1975 J

European Energy Crops Inter-Network

EECI-Network Enschede Netherlands F

European Energy Efficiency Fund

EEEF F f

European Energy Forum

EEF 1979 Brussels Belgium F y

European Energy Information Sharing and Analysis Centre

EE-ISAC Brussels Belgium D

European Energy Mediators Group

EEMG 2007 Barcelona Spain J

European Energy Network

EnR The Hague Netherlands F

European Energy Research Alliance

EERA 2008 Brussels Belgium D

European Energy Retailers

EER 2017 Brussels Belgium F

European Engine Power Plants Association

EUGINE Frankfurt-Main Germany G

European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation

ECOS 2001 Brussels Belgium D y

European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment

FEDARENE 1990 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Citizen Energy Cooperatives

REScoop.eu 2012 Berchem Belgium D

European Federation of Clean Air and Environmental Protection Associations

EFCA 1996 Pfinztal Germany D y

European Federation of Energy Law Associations

EFELA Paris France D

European Federation of Energy Traders

EFET 1999 Amsterdam Netherlands D

European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services

EFIEES Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Local Energy Companies

CEDEC 1992 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of National Associations of Water and Waste Water Services

1975 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services

1981 Brussels Belgium D

European Fluid Power Committee

CETOP 1962 Frankfurt-Main Germany D

European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources

EUFORES 1995 Brussels Belgium F y

European Geothermal Energy Council

EGEC 1998 Brussels Belgium E

European Greenways Association

EGWA 1998 Madrid Spain D

European Group for Rooflights and Smoke-Ventilation

EUROLUX 1990 Brussels Belgium F

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

ELRC E

European Language Resources Association

ELRA 1995 Paris France D

European Lighting Clusters Alliance

ELCA 2011 Lyon France N

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 Transmission System Operators for Electricity

ENTSO-E 1999 Brussels Belgium D y

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