SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 'Affordable and Clean Energy' exists to engage with grand global challenges and facilitate the rapid expansion of modern renewable energy systems, particularly in heating and transport, and an acceleration of energy efficient technology.

SN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019On this hub we highlight key contributions from Springer Nature’s authors to help readers make sense of developments in energy research and how they can address the great challenges posed by SDG7 - to ensure that the world has access to affordable and reliable energy while protecting the future of its environment.

Science for a Sustainable Future webinar series: Focusing on Energy

Science for a Sustainable Future is a joint initiative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) and Springer Nature. Now in its fourth year, the event brings together policymakers, government representatives, UN officials and leading global scientists to discuss and advance the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

In April 2023, we will be hosting three one hour webinars over a period of three weeks, coinciding with Earth Month.

Webinar topic : Energy in the transition to net zero 
Energy is central to so many of the SDGs, this is especially true of the net zero transition where clean energy is crucial to realising our ambitions. This session will explore human rights issues associated with the critical minerals needed for clean energy to safety and proliferation of nuclear fission in new nuclear nations and issues of intermittency. Researchers will talk about how they are responding to these challenges and tackling this complexity across different sectors and locations in practical terms. 

Webinar topic : Energy, Social Justice and the Global South

Billions of people, especially in the global South, rely on biomass and wood to cook. This has significant effects on indoor air quality, impacting people’s health and women and girls in particular. It can also entrench gender roles and impede women’s economic empowerment. This session looks into the intersection between energy provision, energy access and social justice, from the perspective of Indigenous communities and those in the Global South, and focuses on household behaviours, technology deployment, costs, and policy support.

Webinar topic: Energy and science communication

In light of the energy crisis impacting citizens and governments across the world, it’s important to consider how energy research, data, advice and general information is communicated to different stakeholders. This includes communicating the scope of impact energy has on all of the SDGs. This session invites different communicators to share their perspective on energy communication.

Springer Nature Storytellers

Inspiring personal accounts shared during the Springer Nature Storytellers event at Berlin Science Week 2022.

Research Stories: How a theory of nuclear fusion turbulence caused turbulence of another kind

“Nuclear fusion is the process that powers the stars and the sun,” Josefine Proll explains. “It's taking two light atoms and merging them, fusing them, and out comes a lot of energy. It’s been a dream of humanity for more than half a century to get it working on Earth because it could really solve the world's energy problems. It would be an energy source that doesn't produce CO2. And the fuel is abundantly there.”

Josefine Proll, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Read more in Josefine's blog.

Editors-in-Chief on SDG 7

Open Access Publications

Highlighted Open Access Journals

Highlighted Open Access Books

Open Access Books: Supporting the SDGs

Open access (OA) advances research on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals—as OA easily connects researchers and their work to policy makers, business leaders, and professionals who can put discoveries into practice.Open Access

Take a closer look at our collection of OA books across all SDGs and read interviews with OA book authors that illustrate how publishing their books OA has extended their impact and reach.

Click here to explore our SDG OA Books hub

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SDG7 and societal impact

Discover SDG7 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. Learn more.

Webinar: Key Milestones in the Wind Industry

HVDC transmission technologies for offshore wind power plants

SN Applied Sciences Webinar with Prof. Irfan Khan, Texas A&M University, USA

Assiatant Professor Irfan Khan, Editorial Board member of the journal SN Applied Sciences, talks about Key Milestones in thSN Applied Sciencese Wind Industry including HVDC Transmission Technologies for Offshore Wind Power Plants.

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