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.”
Today, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership is a not-for-profit organization whose members are among the world’s leading electricity companies. What sets us apart from other international organizations are our concrete actions on the ground with local developers and governments and our exclusive focus on advancing the electricity sector. Building on the world-class expertise of our members, we are proud to promote sustainable energy development worldwide.
The GSEP was founded as the e7 Network of Expertise for the Global Environment (e7), which later became the e8.