Terms and Conditions

​Last updated on: 8 June 2015

These terms and conditions shall apply to your use of the International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy website located at www.inspire.irena.org.This website and related materials are referred to herein as "INSPIRE".

By accessing and/or using INSPIRE, 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 INSPIRE will be deemed in acceptance of the terms existing at that time.


1.     Acceptable Use

1.1  You agree that your use of INSPIRE 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 or security of INSPIRE or that causes unreasonable inconvenience or offence or disruption to the IRENA staff maintaining INSPIRE, its contractors or other users;

(b)  use INSPIRE 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 INSPIRE, 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)  reproduce, modify, adapt, merge, translate, disassemble, decompile, recompile or reverse engineer any software, source code or other code or scripts forming part of INSPIRE 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 INSPIRE or disaggregate any data or statistics contained on INSPIRE.

1.2  IRENA may, at its sole discretion and with or without notice, deny or restrict access to INSPIRE or any portion thereof to any user who abuses INSPIRE or breaches or is believed to be likely to breach these terms and conditions, or otherwise engages in any type of activity or purpose deemed by IRENA to be unlawful, improper or inappropriate.


2.     Intellectual Property Rights

2.1  Unless otherwise stated, the copyright and other intellectual property rights in INSPIRE are owned by IRENA. Subject to paragraph 2.2, you are permitted to freely use, access, copy, reproduce, and print INSPIRE content, provided that all such content is clearly attributed to IRENA and bears a notation that it is subject to copyright by IRENA.

2.2  Content on INSPIRE attributed to third parties 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.

2.3  Subject to compliance with these terms and conditions and unless otherwise agreed, you may include hyperlinks to INSPIRE 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 INSPIRE are not used for the promotion of any organisation, company, individual or other entity or any project, product or service.

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

2.4  Unless expressly authorized 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 inspire@irena.org. 


3.     Disclaimer

3.1  The content provided on and/or through use of INSPIRE, including without limitation text, graphics and statistics, 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, its data or other content providers, in respect of, inter alia, the accuracy, completeness, availability, reliability, fitness for a particular purpose or use of such content, or regarding the non-infringement of third party rights.

3.2  You understand that the 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.

3.3  IRENA does not warrant that access to INSPIRE will be uninterrupted, error-free, or free of viruses or other harmful components.

3.4  IRENA reserves its right to terminate, suspend, change, u pdate or discontinue in any way part or all of INSPIRE, 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. The content may be out of date and IRENA makes no commitment to update it.

3.5  By accessing INSPIRE, you accept that IRENA, its officials, employees, or its data or other content providers, shall not, under any circumstances, be responsible or liable to you for any kind of loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered (including all 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 access (or lack of access) to or use of INSPIRE, from reliance on the content thereon, or through links to third-party content.

3.6  Except where expressly stated, the content provided on INSPIRE does not necessarily represent the views of IRENA, individual IRENA Members, and/or IRENA data or other content providers. Nor do the designations employed and the presentation of information on INSPIRE 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.


4.     Third Party Content and Websites

4.1  INSPIRE may contain advice, opinions, statements or any other content from third parties, referred to herein as "third party content", and may mention or refer to specific entities, products or information available on external websites.

4.2  IRENA does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any third party content. Reliance upon such content shall be at the user's own risk. Neither IRENA nor any of its officials, employees, data or other third-party content providers, shall be liable to any user or anyone else for any inaccuracy, error, omission, deletion, defect, alteration or use of any such content featured on INSPIRE, or for its timeliness or completeness. INSPIRE and its content do not represent any endorsement, preference or recommendation in respect of any particular project, product or service provider.

4.3  You acknowledge and agree that IRENA is not responsible for the availability of any third party websites or material accessed through INSPIRE; nor for any content advertising products or services on or available from such websites or material.


5.      Privacy Policy

5.1  By accessing and using INSPIRE, you understand that non-personally identifiable information may be collected from your access and use of INSPIRE, 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.

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 INSPIRE:

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

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

(c)    for statistical purposes;

(d)   to communicate with you, including to inform you about changes or improvements to INSPIRE or to resolve any issue arising out in the course of your use of INSPIRE.

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 will ask for your consent before using information collected through your use of INSPIRE for a purpose other than one of those set out in these terms and conditions.

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


6.     Cookies Policy

6.1  Cookies may be in use throughout INSPIRE to measure how users interact with INSPIRE's content, and to provide users with a good experience browsing the website.

6.2  A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

6.3 INSPIRE uses the following cookies:

(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 INSPIRE when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way INSPIRE works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

(c) Targeting cookies to record your visit to INSPIRE, 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.

6.4  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 INSPIRE and use all or parts of its features.

6.5  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 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 INSPIRE 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 INSPIRE 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 INSPIRE website. Any use of INSPIRE 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​​

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