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Terms of Use

Please read these Terms of Use carefully before accessing or any derivative sites such as Henceforth, the term "" shall mean to include all IELab related, root-specific or derivative sites such as

The sites are operated by a community of researchers and hosted by UNSW Sydney. Your access to is subject to your agreement to these Terms of Use. By accessing, you accept, without limitation or qualification, these Terms of Use.

Using the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory

Access to the IELab is open to any registered user. Datafeed code is open source (subject to appropriate referencing and citation); optimiser code is compiled and free for research use by registered users. Access to full data, datafeeds and analytical functionality incurs fees as operating and maintaining the IELab is associated with considerable costs. Fees cover our costs for essential updating and maintenance only. The fees are independent of the actual amount of usage.

Please enquire about IELab user fees by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All licences come with basic technical support. More detailed advice can be arranged with a separate contract. We may also be able to provide older datasets for a reduced fee. Please request further details by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Data usage is strictly limited to own uses by licensees. IELab data must not be shared publicly or privately amongst other users. However, datafeed authors agree that data produced from their published feeds can be used by other IELab users.

Users of IELab data agree to adequately cite datafeed authors for data used from the IELab. An example for such a citation is "Li, M (2021) Greenhouse gas datafeed, Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory," Repeated failure to adequately cite data feeds or data outputs from IELab will initiate a review of the user(s) and action may be taken according to the Eligibility, Registration, Access, and Termination terms and conditions.

Submission of data to the repository via datafeed is open to all registered users and may lead to the discounting or waiving of subscription fees, if the user contributes well-structured, fully functional datafeeds. Discounted pricing is available for lower-middle and low-income countries.

Modification of the Agreement

We maintain the right to modify these Terms of Use and may do so by posting modifications on this page. Any modification is effective immediately upon posting the modification unless otherwise stated. Your continued use of following the posting of any modification signifies your acceptance of that modification. You should regularly visit this page to review the current Terms of Use.

Eligibility, Registration, Access, and Termination

The site is limited to non-commercial educational and research activities. Posting of spam messages or other commercial advertisements is a violation of these terms and may result in termination of your account.

Certain portions of are limited to registered users and/or allow a user to participate in online services by entering personal information. You agree that any information provided to in these areas will be complete and accurate, and that you will neither register under the name of nor attempt to enter under the name of another person or entity.

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your user ID and password, if any, and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. does not authorize use of your User ID by third-parties.

We may, in our sole discretion, terminate or suspend your access to and use of without notice and for any reason, including for violation of these Terms of Use or for other conduct that we, in our sole discretion, believe to be unlawful or harmful to others. In the event of termination, you are no longer authorized to access

Privacy and Confidentiality

We respect your privacy. We will only use your personal identification information to support and manage your use of, including the use of tracking cookies to facilitate security procedures. Usage of is monitored and usage statistics are collected and reported on a regular basis. also reserves the right to contact you to request additional information or to keep you updated on changes to You may opt out of receiving newsletters and other non-essential communications. No information that would identify you personally will be provided to sponsors or third parties without your permission.

All information posted or stored on is potentially available to all other users of UNSW Sydney and disclaim any responsibility or capability for the preservation of confidentiality of such information. Do not post or store information on if you expect to or are obligated to protect the confidentiality of that information.


You are responsible at all times for using in a manner that is legal, ethical, and not to the detriment of others. Quotas for disk storage, job submissions, and other limited resources are strictly enforced. You may request an increase in your quota, but attempting to circumvent your quota is unethical and may lead to a termination of your account. You agree to delete unused files and acknowledge that if you fail to do so, the files may be deleted for you. You agree that you will not:

  • Use email addresses obtained or accessed through to transmit the same or substantially similar unsolicited message to multiple recipients without a valid purpose specifically related to the research and education mission of;
  • Use to commit a criminal offense or to encourage others to conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to a civil liability;
  • Violate any applicable law;
  • Post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, libelous, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, profane, or otherwise objectionable content;
  • Use to impersonate other parties or entities;
  • Use to upload any content that contains a software virus, "Trojan Horse" or any other computer code, files, or programs that may alter, damage, or interrupt the functionality of or the hardware or software of any other person who accesses;
  • Upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any materials that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under a contractual relationship;
  • Alter, damage, or delete any content posted on;
  • Disrupt the normal flow of communication in any way;
  • Claim a relationship with or speak for any business, association, or other organization for which you are not authorized to claim such a relationship;
  • Post or transmit any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, or other forms of solicitation;
  • Post any material that infringes or violates the intellectual property rights of another.


The Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory and any information, products or services on it are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. UNSW Sydney and do not warrant, and hereby disclaim any warranties, either express or implied, with respect to the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of any good, service, or information obtained from UNSW Sydney does not warrant that will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or that is free of viruses or other harmful components. Use of is at your own risk.

Neither UNSW Sydney nor any other IELab partner guarantees that the material made available from IELab websites and servers is either accurate, complete, up-to-date, or fit for any use whatsoever, or represents or implies that its use will not infringe privately held rights. Neither UNSW Sydney nor any other IELab partner accepts any liability or responsibility for any loss or damage suffered as a result of direct or indirect use or application of any material or information made available from IELab websites and servers.

You agree that and its administrator, UNSW Sydney, shall have no liability for any consequential, indirect, punitive, special or incidental damages, whether foreseeable or unforeseeable (including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, errors, loss of data, or interruption in availability of data), arising out of or relating to your use of or any resource that you access through

The site hosts content from a number of authors. The statements and views of these authors are theirs alone, and do not reflect the stances or policies of UNSW Sydney or any sponsors, nor does their posting imply the endorsement of UNSW Sydney or any sponsors.

Choice of Law/Forum Selection/Attorney Fees

You agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to, whether based in contract, tort, statutory or other law, will be governed by federal law and by the laws of New South Wales, Australia, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You further consent to the personal jurisdiction of and exclusive venue in the federal and state courts located in and serving New South Wales, Australia as the exclusive legal forums for any such dispute.