Sustainable development of sewage sludge-to-energy in China: Barriers identification and technologies prioritization

Jingzheng Ren, Hanwei Liang, Liang Dong, Zhiqiu Gao, Chang He, Ming Pan, Lu Sun

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Accordingly, some policy implications for promoting the sustainable development of sludge-to-energy industry in China were proposed. After the grey DEMATEL analysis, a grey Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) framework which allows multiple decision-makers/stakeholders to use linguistic terms to participate in the decision-making for prioritizing the alternative technologies for sludge-to-energy was developed, and the evaluation criterion system for sustainability assessment of sludge-to-energy technologies was determined based on the results of grey DEMATEL analysis. Three alternative technologies for sludge-to-electricity were studied by the proposed MCDM method, and the results show that the proposed grey MCDM method is feasible for group decision-making and sustainability assessment of the alternative technologies for sludge-to-energy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-396
Number of pages13
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision making trial and evaluation laboratory
  • Energy
  • Multi-criteria decision making
  • Sludge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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