Title: Environmental performance evaluation in the context of ISO 14031 using a fuzzy multiple criteria approach

Authors: Evangelos Grigoroudis

Addresses: School of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete, University Campus, GR73100 Chania, Greece

Abstract: An important tool for the evaluation and documentation of a successful environmental management system is the environmental performance evaluation (EPE). EPE is generally defined as a continuous internal process and management tool that, using indicators, evaluates the environmental management system of an organisation and compares past and present performance. Relevant international standards such as ISO 14031-14032 describe the categories of performance indicators; however, they do not determine a specific framework for the development, measurement and evaluation of these indicators. The main aim of this study is to present an EPE methodology based on the fuzzy UTASTAR method. Fuzzy UTASTAR is an extension of the well-known UTASTAR method capable to handle both ordinary (crisp) and fuzzy evaluation data. To demonstrate the application of the methodology, a case study is presented, where fuzzy UTASTAR is used in the frame of the EPE of a mills industry.

Keywords: fuzzy UTASTAR; environmental performance evaluation; EPE; environmental performance indicators; environmental management systems; EMSs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMCDM.2017.087816

International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making, 2017 Vol.7 No.2, pp.91 - 115

Received: 23 Mar 2017
Accepted: 23 Apr 2017

Published online: 05 Nov 2017 *

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