Sustainability decision support framework for industrial system prioritization

Jingzheng Ren, Di Xu, Huan Cao, Shun'an Wei, Lichun Dong, Michael Evan Goodsite

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A multicriteria decision-making methodology for the sustainability prioritization of industrial systems is proposed. The methodology incorporates a fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process method that allows the users to assess the soft criteria using linguistic terms. A fuzzy Analytic Network Process method is used to calculate the weights of each criterion, which can tackle the interdependencies and interactions among the criteria. The Preference Ranking Organization Method for Enrichment Evaluation approach is used to prioritize the sustainability sequence of the alternative systems. Moreover, a sensitivity analysis method was developed to investigate the most critical and sensitive criteria. The developed methodology was illustrated by a case study to rank the sustainability of five alternative hydrogen production technologies. The advantages of the developed methodology over the previous approaches were demonstrated by comparing the results determined by the proposed framework with those determined using the pervious approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-130
Number of pages23
JournalAICHE Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Fuzzy analytic hierarchy process
  • Fuzzy analytic network process
  • Industrial systems
  • Multicriteria decision making
  • Sustainability assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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