Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 Cooperative contributions to SDG 7
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This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief focuses on SDG 7 – ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Electric cooperatives bring energy to many rural areas where other companies may not be willing or able to invest in the infrastructure. They can con- tribute to the goal of ‘energy for all’ – the drive to bring clean, modern energy to the 1.3 billion people in developing countries without access to electricity. Being enterprises run by their members, cooperatives also democratically manage their businesses, meaning that they work to ensure energy remains affordable and reliable for their communities.
Cooperatives are driven by concern for community, their seventh founding principle, so clean and renewable energy sources are a priority for many cooperatives. For example, consumer cooperatives try to integrate sustainable energy into their retail spaces, by introducing closed refrigerators, switching to biofuel to power their stores or making their buildings more energy efficient.