An Analytic Network Process approach for the environmental aspect selection problem - A case study for a hand blender


ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REVIEW, vol.54, pp.101-109, 2015 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eiar.2015.05.002
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.101-109
  • Keywords: Environmental aspect selection, Life Cycle Assessment, Analytic Network Process, Electrical and Electronic Equipment, SMEs, LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT, IMPACT ASSESSMENT, SIMPLIFIED LCA, PROCESS ANP, FRAMEWORK, WASTE, ECODESIGN, TOOLS, PERFORMANCE, INVENTORY
  • Galatasaray University Affiliated: Yes


Life Cycle Assessment is a tool to assess, in a systematic way, the environmental aspects and its potential environmental impacts and resources used throughout a product's life cycle. It is widely accepted and considered as one of the most powerful tools to support decision-making processes used in ecodesign and sustainable production in order to learn about the most problematic parts and life cycle phases of a product and to have a projection for future improvements. However, since Life Cycle Assessment is a cost and time intensive method, companies do not intend to carry out a full version of it, except for large corporate ones. Especially for small and medium sized enterprises, which do not have enough budget for and knowledge on sustainable production and ecodesign approaches, focusing only on the most important possible environmental aspect is unavoidable. In this direction, finding the right environmental aspect to work on is crucial for the companies. In this study, a multi-criteria decision-making methodology, Analytic Network Process is proposed to select the most relevant environmental aspect. The proposed methodology aims at providing a simplified environmental assessment to producers. It is applied for a hand blender, which is a member of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment family. The decision criteria for the environmental aspects and relations of dependence are defined. The evaluation is made by the Analytic Network Process in order to create a realistic approach to inter-dependencies among the criteria. The results are computed via the Super Decisions software. Finally, it is observed that the procedure is completed in less time, with less data, with less cost and in a less subjective way than conventional approaches. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc All rights reserved.