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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1873; doi:10.3390/su9101873

Using DEMATEL and Intuitionistic Fuzzy Sets to Identify Critical Factors Influencing the Recycling Rate of End-Of-Life Vehicles in China

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1
Business School of Sichuan University, No. 24 South Section 1, Yihuan Road, Chengdu 610065, China
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College of Economics and Management, Sichuan Tourism University, No. 459 Hong Ling Road, Longquanyi District, Chengdu 610010, China
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Received: 15 August 2017 / Revised: 13 October 2017 / Accepted: 16 October 2017 / Published: 24 October 2017
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Abstract

At present, the recycling rate of End-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in China is far lower than the heavily motorized countries, resulting in severe environmental pollution, waste of resource and hidden traffic troubles, which has a negative impact on China’s economic and social sustainable development. With the arrival of the peak season of generating ELVs in China, it is urgent and important to improve the recycling rate of ELVs. The recycling rate of ELVs is influenced by multiple factors together. The existing research about the identification of influence factors of ELV recycling rate fewer considers the interaction effect among different factors. To fill the gap, firstly the influence factors are analyzed from standpoints of economy, policy, recycling network and others. Then a hybrid model based on DEMATEL (decision making trial and evaluation laboratory) and intuitionistic fuzzy sets is employed to examine the cause–effect relationships among factors. In the study, the vagueness of decision makers’ judgment and linguistic inaccuracy is dealt with effectively by intuitionistic fuzzy sets. The research results reveal “fiscal subsidy”, “government’s restrictive policies to reuse ELVs parts”, “coordination of the industry agencies”, “participation of automobile manufacturer” and “supervision of the government” are most significant criteria influencing the recycling rate of ELVs in China. A sensitivity analysis is conducted to verify the robustness of results. Lastly, according to the critical influencing factors identified, some pertinent suggestions to the government, ELV recycling enterprise, owner and vehicle manufacturer are put forward. In addition, the future research directions are proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: recycling rate; end-of-life vehicles; DEMATEL; intuitionistic fuzzy set (IFS); influence factors recycling rate; end-of-life vehicles; DEMATEL; intuitionistic fuzzy set (IFS); influence factors
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Gan, J.; Luo, L. Using DEMATEL and Intuitionistic Fuzzy Sets to Identify Critical Factors Influencing the Recycling Rate of End-Of-Life Vehicles in China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1873.

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