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

Energy Transitions Commission

ETC 2016 C v

Energy Union

Brussels Belgium E g

Energy Watch Group

EWG 2006 Berlin Germany J

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 Belgium 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

ETIM International

2009 E

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 Austria G

EU-ASEAN Business Council

EU-ABC 2011 Singapore Singapore E

Euclid Network

2007 The Hague Netherlands E

Euclid University

EUCLID 2008 Bangui Central African Rep F g


Zaventem Belgium D


2012 Vienna Austria D

EUniverCities Network

EUniverCities 2012 F

Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia

EFCA 2005 Almaty Kazakhstan G f

Euratom Supply Agency

ESA 1957 Luxembourg Luxembourg F g


1991 Brussels Belgium E


1986 Brussels Belgium F


1954 Brussels Belgium D


2001 Brussels Belgium F


1995 Brussels Belgium D

Euroheat and Power

EHP 1954 Brussels Belgium D

EUROJURIS International

Brussels Belgium F

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 E y

European Academy of Wind Energy

EAWE 2003 Kassel Germany D

European Alliance for Earth Sciences

GEO*8 2012 Potsdam Germany 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 Belgium D yt

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 2011 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 Automotive Suppliers

CLEPA 1959 Brussels Belgium D y