Terms and Conditions

Last updated on: 17 March 2016

These terms and conditions shall apply to your use of the website located at http://www.irena.org/resource. This website and related materials are referred to herein as "REsource".

By accessing and/or using REsource, you agree to the terms and conditions below. The International Renewable Energy Agency, referred to herein as "IRENA", reserves the right to update or otherwise change these terms and conditions at any time without notification. Use of REsource will be deemed in acceptance of the terms existing at that time.


1. Acceptable Use

1.1 You agree that your use of REsource will be in accordance with the present terms and conditions, and that you will not (nor attempt to):

(a) take any action that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the performance, availability, accessibility, operability or security of REsource or that causes unreasonable inconvenience or offence or disruption to the IRENA staff maintaining REsource, IRENA's contractors or other users;

(b) use REsource in any way that is unlawful, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity;

(c) upload or otherwise transmit any material, through REsource, including but not limited to any information or software containing a virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other damaging or destructive component, or link to such harmful material;

(d) copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, merge, translate, disassemble, decompile, recompile or otherwise reverse engineer any software, source code or other code or scripts forming part of REsource or create derivative works based on the whole of or any part of such software, source code or other code or scripts or incorporate them into any other software;

(e) change, modify, delete, interfere with or misuse information contained on REsource or disaggregate any data or statistics contained on or generated through REsource.


2. Disclaimer

2.1 The content provided on and/or through use of REsource, including without limitation text, graphics, data and statistics, ("REsource content") is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis, without any conditions, warranties or undertakings, either express or implied, from IRENA, its officials, employees, data or other third-party content providers or licensors, including in respect of the accuracy, completeness, availability, reliability, fitness for a particular purpose or use of such REsource content, or regarding the non-infringement of third party rights. The REsource content may be out of date and IRENA makes no commitment to update it.

2.2 You understand that the REsource content is designed to help you gather the information you need to help you make your own decision. The content does not, in any case, replace or shall be used instead of existing laws, regulations and official guidelines issued by relevant authorities in the respective countries. You are responsible for your own decisions and for properly analysing and verifying any information you intend to rely upon.

2.3 IRENA does not warrant that access to REsource will be uninterrupted, error-free, or free of viruses or other harmful components. IRENA reserves its right to terminate, suspend, change, update or discontinue in any way part or all of REsource, including the availability of any features of the website, or to impose limits on certain features and services or restrict access to parts of the website, at any time without notice or any liability.

2.4 By accessing REsource, you accept that IRENA, its officials, employees, third party software, data or other content providers or licensors, shall not, under any circumstances, be responsible or liable for any kind of loss, damage, liability or expense (including loss of profit, loss of use, loss of revenue, loss of contracts, increased costs and expenses and all special, indirect and consequential losses) which is claimed to result from your access (or lack of access) to, use of, or reliance on REsource and REsource content.

2.5 Except where expressly stated, the REsource content does not necessarily represent the views of IRENA, individual IRENA Members, and/or IRENA data or other third-party content providers or licensors. Nor do the designations employed and the presentation of information on REsource imply the expression of any opinion on their part concerning the legal status of any region, country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


3. Third Party Content and Websites

3.1 REsource incorporates content, including data, obtained from, and reproduced with the kind permission of, a number of entities, and may contain advice, opinions and statements from third parties, and mention and refer to specific entities, products or content available on third party websites (collectively "third party content").

3.2 You acknowledge and agree that IRENA is not responsible for the availability of any third party websites or content accessed through REsource. IRENA does not endorse and shall not be held responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or services on or available from such websites or content. REsource and its content do not represent any endorsement, preference or recommendation in respect of any particular project, product or service provider.


4. Intellectual Property Rights

4.1 Unless otherwise stated, the copyright and other intellectual property rights in the REsource content are owned by IRENA. Subject to paragraph 4.2, you are permitted to freely use, access, copy, share, download, reproduce, and print the REsource content, provided that all such content is clearly attributed to IRENA and bears a notation that it is subject to copyright by IRENA.

4.2 Some of the REsource content is provided by third party contributors and may be subject to third-party copyright and separate terms of use and restrictions. If you wish to reproduce or otherwise use any such third-party content, you must obtain the permission of the relevant third party contributor.

4.3 Subject to compliance with these terms and conditions and unless otherwise agreed, you may include hyperlinks to REsource in your website without having to seek specific permission, provided that:

(a) your website does not contain any inappropriate or unlawful content;

(b) hyperlinks to REsource are not used for the promotion of any organisation, company, individual or other entity or any project, product or service;

(c) hyperlinks to REsource are not used in a way to imply or suggest an unintended association or partnership with IRENA, and does not infringe any of IRENA's rights, including its intellectual property rights.

Users are kindly request to email info@irena.org to notify IRENA that a link was created.

4.4 Unless expressly authorised in writing by IRENA, you shall not, in any manner whatsoever, use the name, emblem or official seal of IRENA, or any abbreviation thereof, in connection with your business or otherwise. If you become aware of any such distribution or commercial use, you agree to notify IRENA immediately at info@irena.org.


5. Privacy Policy

5.1 By accessing and using REsource, you understand that non-personally identifiable information may be collected from your access and use of REsource, including device-specific information such as your operating system version, log information such as your internet protocol address, location and time information, and any other similar information. Such information may be collected using Google Analytics, a website analysis tool provided by Google Inc. ("Google") which uses cookies (see the Cookies Policy below).

5.2 IRENA reserves its right to disclose any of the above information when required by applicable laws and regulations and/or requests under legal process; in case of suspected unlawful, improper or inappropriate conduct for referral to appropriate authorities; to detect, prevent or otherwise address breach of the present terms and conditions, or any related security or technical issues; to protect IRENA property or rights; and to safeguard the interests of the users and/or IRENA Members.

5.3 IRENA reserves its right to use the above-referred information collected through your use of REsource:

(a) to provide, maintain, protect and improve the website, and to protect IRENA, its software, data and other content providers and licensors, and REsource users;

(b) to understand how the users use REsource and better identify the categories of users of REsource and the data, tools and technologies they use;

(c) for statistical purposes;

5.4 In any of the above use, IRENA will make its best efforts to ensure the protection of the confidentiality of the users.

5.5 IRENA assumes no responsibility for the privacy policies on any third-party websites.


6. Cookies Policy

6.1 REource uses Google Analytics, a website analysis tool provided by Google Inc. ("Google") which uses cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer to make it possible to analyse how you use REsource. By using this website you declare that you allow Google to process and analyse the collected data in the manner specified in the terms available here: http://www.google.com/analytics/tos.html

6.2 In particular, you understand that the following cookies may be in use throughout REsource:

(a) Essential cookies to provide the required functionality of the website by setting configuration data on the user machine through cookies. These cookies are essential in order to enable you to navigate this website and use certain features.

(b) Performance cookies to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around REsource when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way REsource works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

(c) Targeting cookies to record your visit to REsource, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

6.3 You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. We have set out below links to the "Help" pages of some major browsers which explain how you can do this. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including functionality cookies), you may not be able to access all or parts of REsource and use all or parts of its features.

Links to the "Help" pages of major browsers:


7. Indemnification and Settlement of Disputes

7.1 You agree to indemnify, defend and hold IRENA and its software, data and other content providers harmless from any liability, loss, claim, and expense related to your breach of these terms and conditions.

7.2 Any dispute, controversy or claim that arises between the users and IRENA in connection with the use of REsource shall be resolved in accordance with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration rules as at present in force.

7.3 IRENA is an international organisation which is entitled to privileges and immunities under international and domestic law. None of the provisions of these terms and conditions shall be construed as constituting a waiver, express or implied, of IRENA's privileges and immunities.


8. Modification of Terms and Conditions

IRENA reserves the right to change or modify the present terms and conditions applicable to the use of REsource at any time. Such changes and modifications, including additions or deletions, to the terms and conditions shall be effective immediately upon notice thereof, which may be given by any means including, but not limited to, posting new terms and conditions on REsource. Any use of REsource after such change or modification shall be deemed to constitute acceptance by you of such changes or modifications, including additions or deletions.


9. Organisation Information

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Headquarters
Masdar City, P.O. Box 236
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates