A case study of an integrated fuzzy methodology for green product development

Xiaojun Wang, Hing Kai Chan, Dong Li

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Abstract

Green product development has become a key strategic consideration for many companies due to regulatory requirements and the public awareness of environmental protection. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a popular tool to measure the environmental impact of new product development. Nevertheless, it is often difficult to conduct a traditional LCA at the design phase due to uncertain and/or unknown data. This research adopts the concept of LCA and introduces a comprehensive method that integrates Fuzzy Extent Analysis and Fuzzy TOPSIS for the assessment of environmental performance with respect to different product designs. Methodologically, it exhibits the superiority of the hierarchical structure and the easiness of TOPSIS implementation whilst capturing the vagueness of uncertainty. A case study concerning a consumer electronic product was presented, and data collected through a questionnaire survey were used for the design evaluation. The approach presented in this research is expected to help companies decrease development lead time by screening out poor design options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-223
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Volume241
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fuzzy Extent Analysis
  • Green product development
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Multi criteria decision analysis
  • TOPSIS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (all)
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management

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