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

Euratom Supply Agency

ESA 1957 Luxembourg Luxembourg F g


1991 Brussels Belgium E


1986 Brussels Belgium F


1954 Brussels D


2001 Brussels Belgium F


1995 Brussels D

Euroheat and Power

EHP 1954 Brussels Belgium D

EuroLinux Alliance for a Free Information Infrastructure

1999 F

Europäische Vereinigung der Gemeinschaften zur Zertifizierung von Entsorgungsfachbetrieben

EVGE 2004 Bonn Germany D

Europäischer Verband mittelständischer Energieunternehmer

EVME 2008 Graz Austria G

Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie

EIKE 2007 Jena Germany N j

European Academies' Science Advisory Council

EASAC 2001 Halle (Saale) E y

European Academy of Wind Energy

EAWE 2003 Kassel Germany D

European Alliance for Earth Sciences

GEO*8 2012 Potsdam D

European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

EuroACE 1998 Brussels Belgium F y

European Alliance to Save Energy

EU ASE 2010 Brussels Belgium E y

European Aluminium

1981 Brussels D y

European Association for Coal and Lignite

EURACOAL 1953 Brussels Belgium E

European Association for Electromobility

AVERE 1978 Brussels Belgium D y

European Association for Hydrogen and fuel cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions

HyER 2008 Brussels Belgium D g

European Association for Storage of Energy

EASE Brussels Belgium D

European Association for the Consumption-based Billing of Energy Costs

EVVE 1993 Bonn Germany D

European Association for the Streamlining of Energy Exchange-gas

EASEE-gas 2002 Brussels Belgium D y

European Association of Energy Service Companies

eu.ESCO 2009 Brussels Belgium D

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

EAERE 1990 Venice Italy D v

European Association of Geographers

EUROGEO 1979 Saragossa Spain F

European Association of Innovation Consultants

EAIC 2021 Brussels D

European Association of lighting WEEE compliance schemes

EucoLight 2015 Brussels Belgium D

European Atomic Energy Society

EAES 1954 D g

European Banking Federation

EBF 1960 Brussels Belgium E

European Biodiesel Board

EBB 1997 Brussels Belgium D

European Bioenergy Business Forum

EBBF Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium G c

European Brewery Convention

EBC 1947 Brussels Belgium D

European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy Future

e5 1996 Munich Germany D y

European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure

ECCSEL 2017 F g

European Centre for Digital Resources in Chinese Studies

1998 Heidelberg Germany G

European Chemical Employers Group

ECEG 2001 Brussels Belgium F

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 E

European Committee of the Regions

CoR 1993 Brussels Belgium E g

European Confederation of Fuel Distributors

ECFD 2003 Brussels 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 t

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