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When the CEOs of the world’s leading power companies met in 1992 to form the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), the world was very different from today. Lifestyle was globally questioned for the first time and the urgency of a deep change in consumption and production patterns to ensure environmental protection was publicly acknowledged at the first Earth Summit in Rio.

In the wake of the Earth Summit, the CEOs of the world’s largest power company came together to form GSEP at Hydro-Québec’s James Bay hydroelectric complex. Our founding members had a common vision: to set up an international network of expertise to improve cooperation between the major electricity companies in the world and to act as an ecological and technical advisory group for international institutions and governments, especially in developing countries.

“As citizens of the world, in harmony with the respective national governments as well as related domestic and international organizations, the [member] companies strongly wish that their experience, competence, and know-how should serve more efficient generation and use of the world’s electric energy.”

(James Bay Joint Statement, April 1992)

Today, GSEP is a CEO-led alliance of global electricity companies at the heart of the electrification revolution. What sets us apart from other international organizations is our exclusive focus on advancing the electricity sector. We build on our members’ unparalleled expertise in power systems and electricity technologies to empower decision makers and companies to embrace clean electricity as the energy of tomorrow.

GSEP was founded as the e7 Network of Expertise for the Global Environment (e7), which later became the e8.

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