Environmental Aspects Selection for EEE Using ANP Method
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool to assess the environmental aspects, 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. However, since LCA is a cost and time intensive method, the companies do not intend to carry out a full LCA, except for large corporate ones. Especially for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which do not have enough budget for and knowledge on 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. In this study, a multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) methodology to select environmental aspects for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) by using Analytic Network Process (ANP) is proposed. The evaluation is made by ANP in order to create a realistic approach to inter-dependencies among the criteria.
KeywordsANP Environmental aspect selection Environmental impacts LCA Electrical and Electronic Equipment Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
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