SCP-HAT Terms of Use

These terms and conditions govern the use of Hotspots Analysis Tool for Sustainable Consumption and Production website, namely, , established by UN Environment.

The website

The Sustainable Consumption and Production Hotspots Analysis Tool (SCP-HAT) hereafter referred to as the Website, aims at identifying the hotspot areas of unsustainable production and consumption in order to support setting priorities in national sustainable consumption and production and climate policies.

The project is jointly conducted by the Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) and the Secretariat of the Life Cycle Initiative, together with the International Resource Panel of the UN Environment, in collaboration with Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna – Institute for Ecological Economics and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)
UN Environment owns the intellectual property of the and Website, management of the domain name, and operation of this Website.

The data and information on this Website are provided by various data and information providers which are listed in the method and data section. The User is welcome to visit the Website, and use the information provided. However, the User’s use and access to the Website are subject to these Terms and Conditions, as they may be modified by UN Environment at any time, including any documents expressly included herein by reference (collectively “Terms and Conditions”), and such amendment will be effective immediately upon posting of the amendment. Once the amendments are posted, the continued use of the Website will be deemed as acceptance of the modified general terms and conditions as well as the Terms of Use.

By using the Website, the User agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, you must not access or use the Website.

Access and use

The User may not use the Website in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impart UN Environment servers or networks, or interfere with any other party’s use of the Website. The User agrees not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security-related features of this Website or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content or enforce limitations on use of this Website or the content. The User may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to UN Environment’s computer systems or networks.  UN Environment reserves the rights to and may take without notice to the User any legal and technical remedies to prevent the violation of this provision and to enforce these Terms of Use.

The User may print, download, and store articles and other information for their own convenience and for their personal, non-commercial use, without any right to resell or redistribute them or to compile or create derivative works there from, subject to the other terms below, and also subject to more specific restrictions that may apply to specific Content within this Website.

When using the information in the Website, the User agrees to provide proper attribution to UN Environment, the individual author of the information, and any third-party information or data provider, in the following format: “The use of this information is with permission from UN Environment, subject to the Terms and Conditions in”

The User may not use trademark, official mark, official emblem, or logo included in the Website for promotion or publicity without the prior written consent of UN Environment or, in any event, implicitly or explicitly represent or suggest participation, endorsement, sponsorship, approval or affiliation by UN Environment.

UN Environment shall prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, any use of the information in a manner that falsifies, misrepresents, disparages, or fraudulently uses the information.

The Content

The content available on or through the Website is owned as the case may be by UN Environment, and data and information providers, and may be protected by one or more of copyright, trademark, patent, or other proprietary rights regimes, and international treaties, and also may have security components that protect digital information. The content does not necessarily reflect the views of UN Environment, other Organizations or data providers, nor those of the governments of their member countries.

UN Environment does not give any warranty as to the data’s suitability, accuracy, completeness or fitness for a particular purpose. All warranties, conditions or other terms implied by statute, common law or otherwise are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. Prior to making any decisions based on the data, the User should undertake its own due diligence on the subject matter including referring to the manual and the technical document of the Website, or to data providers. UN Environment will note be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the User use of, or inability to use, the data or the Website.

Privacy Policy

This Website does not collect personal information, except where it is volunteered. If the User provides unique identifying information, such as name, address and other information on forms stored on this Website, such information will be used for statistical purposes, kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with third parties, except with explicit permission. UN Environment, however, assumes no responsibility for the security of this information.

Notwithstanding the above, UN Environment reserves the right to disclose any information, including personal information, when required by law or when necessary to investigate potential illegal activities such as fraud, violations of the Terms and Conditions, or when otherwise necessary to protect the property, rights and safety of UN Environment.


The Website uses cookies, which are small bits of code stored on your computer and then sent back to the server when you visit the Website at another time. These cookies store your Website visits and preferences and information that you have already provided. You have the option to disable these cookies if your browser permits. Please note that if you disable the cookies, you may not be able to use certain features of the Website and may be required to re-enter information.


The Website may include links to other websites. These links are provided for the convenience as a courtesy only and do not mean and do not imply the endorsement of the linked website by UN Environment and the other partner Organizations. The User acknowledges and agree that UN Environment is not responsible or liable for access to or the content or accuracy of these other websites.

The User generally does not need to obtain permission from UN Environment to put a text link on another website that links back to this Website.  UN Environment requests that the User notify UN Environment of any links the User may create to the Website and UN Environment reserves the right, however, to revoke permission to the link at any time in UN Environment’s sole and exclusive discretion.  If UN Environment revokes such consent, the User agrees to immediately remove and disable any and all of the User’s links to the Website.  The User shall include all appropriate attributions in connection with all links to the Website and shall not use any link in a manner that is likely to create confusion as to the source of the Content.


The use of this Website is at the User’s sole risk. Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to negligence, shall UN Environment be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, even if UN Environment has been advised of the possibility of such damages.  Furthermore, the User agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless UN Environment from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of the User’s use of this Website, including, without limitation, any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by the User of these Terms of Use. If the User is dissatisfied with any Content on this Website or with any of its Terms and Conditions of Use, the User’s sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Website.

Because UN Environment has no control over the content provided by data providers, the User agrees to look solely to the data providers for any claims the User may have regarding data.  The User specifically acknowledges and agrees that UN Environment is not liable for any conduct of any User.  If the User has a dispute with one or more users, the User forever releases UN Environment (and its officers, directors, agents, affiliates, and employees) from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, UN Environment reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense of any matter subject to indemnification by the User, and the User will cooperate fully as reasonably required, and the User shall not in any event settle any matter without the written consent of UN Environment.

Preservation of Immunities

Nothing in or relating to these terms and conditions shall be construed as a waiver, renunciation or modification by UN Environment of any immunities from suit or enforcement measures that it may enjoy under any international and national laws, any agreement between any parties or any international convention or customary international law.


The use of the Website is at the User’s own sole risk. The information is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. UN Environment expressly disclaims to the full extent permitted by law all warranties of any kind related to this Website, information, data and tools, either express or implied, including without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. The User agrees that he will be responsible for any damage or loss to him or to a third party that may occur due to the use of the Website and its tools.

UN Environment specifically makes no representation or warranty that the Website, information, data and tools will meet the User’s individual needs and expectations, or that the Website, information, data and tools will be accurate, reliable, timely, uninterrupted, secure, virus-free or error-free. Any information the User accesses from or through this Website shall not create any warranty not expressly stated in these terms and conditions.

This Website may contain information owned by various information or data providers. UN Environment does not warrant or represent control or ownership of such information or data. Reliance upon such information or data shall be at the User’s own risk and UN Environment shall not be liable for damages or losses to the User or for any claims against the User by third parties that may result from the use of or reliance on the information.

No information or anything on this Website shall be construed, implicitly or explicitly, as containing any investment recommendation or advice, or constituting an offer of, or an invitation by or on behalf of, UN Environment to purchase or sell any securities.