Managing uncertainty in multiple-criteria decision making related to sustainability assessment

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Managing uncertainty in multiple-criteria decision making related to sustainability assessment. / Dorini, Gianluca Fabio; Kapelan, Zoran; Azapagic, Adisa.

In: Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2011, p. 133-139.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

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Dorini, Gianluca Fabio; Kapelan, Zoran; Azapagic, Adisa / Managing uncertainty in multiple-criteria decision making related to sustainability assessment.

In: Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2011, p. 133-139.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

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title = "Managing uncertainty in multiple-criteria decision making related to sustainability assessment",
keywords = "Monte Carlo simulation, Multi-criteria decision analysis, Sustainability assessment, Compromise programming, Uncertainty analysis",
publisher = "Springer",
author = "Dorini, {Gianluca Fabio} and Zoran Kapelan and Adisa Azapagic",
year = "2011",
doi = "10.1007/s10098-010-0291-7",
volume = "13",
number = "1",
pages = "133--139",
journal = "Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy",
issn = "1618-954X",

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N2 - In real life, decisions are usually made by comparing different options with respect to several, often conflicting criteria. This requires subjective judgements on the importance of different criteria by DMs and increases uncertainty in decision making. This article demonstrates how uncertainty can be handled in multi-criteria decision situations using Compromise Programming, one of the Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) techniques. Uncertainty is characterised using a probabilistic approach and propagated using a Monte Carlo simulation technique. The methodological approach is illustrated on a case study which compares the sustainability of two options for electricity generation: coal versus biomass. Different models have been used to quantify their sustainability performance for a number of economic, environmental and social criteria. Three cases are considered with respect to uncertainty: (1) no uncertainty, (2) uncertainty in data/models and (3) uncertainty in models and decision-makers’ preferences. The results shows how characterising and propagating uncertainty can help increase the effectiveness of multi-criteria decision making processes and lead to more informed decision.

AB - In real life, decisions are usually made by comparing different options with respect to several, often conflicting criteria. This requires subjective judgements on the importance of different criteria by DMs and increases uncertainty in decision making. This article demonstrates how uncertainty can be handled in multi-criteria decision situations using Compromise Programming, one of the Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) techniques. Uncertainty is characterised using a probabilistic approach and propagated using a Monte Carlo simulation technique. The methodological approach is illustrated on a case study which compares the sustainability of two options for electricity generation: coal versus biomass. Different models have been used to quantify their sustainability performance for a number of economic, environmental and social criteria. Three cases are considered with respect to uncertainty: (1) no uncertainty, (2) uncertainty in data/models and (3) uncertainty in models and decision-makers’ preferences. The results shows how characterising and propagating uncertainty can help increase the effectiveness of multi-criteria decision making processes and lead to more informed decision.

KW - Monte Carlo simulation

KW - Multi-criteria decision analysis

KW - Sustainability assessment

KW - Compromise programming

KW - Uncertainty analysis

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