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Sustainability Assessment of Investments Based on a Multiple Criteria Methodological Framework

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Department of Quality Management and Technology, School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University, GR 26335 Patra, Greece
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Department of Supply Chain Management, School of Economics and Business Administration, International Hellenic University, GR 60100 Katerini, Greece
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Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, GR 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Institute for Bio-Economy and Agri-Technology (iBO), Center for Research and Technology–Hellas (CERTH), 6th km Charilaou-Thermi Rd, Thermi, GR 57001 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6805; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176805
Received: 26 July 2020 / Revised: 17 August 2020 / Accepted: 20 August 2020 / Published: 21 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green, Closed Loop, Circular Bio-Economy)
The assessment of an investment is currently carried out by using mainly financial tools. This work presents a new model for the assessment of the sustainability of an industrial investment and focuses on the development of a holistic framework with the use of indicators. With the use of multi-criteria decision analysis, the framework evaluates a total of eighteen (18) alternative indicators in order to select the optimal bundle to be used for the assessment of future industrial investments. The proposed indicators are selected based on relevant data from the literature, taking into account the principles of prevention, planning and designing. The alternatives are assessed over four (4) criteria, namely environment, society, economy and technology, which are grounded on the principles of sustainable development. Depending on the special characteristics of the programme that is foreseen to fund the potential investments, the decision-maker is provided with a hierarchized set of indicators over which the alternative investments could be optimally assessed in parallel with widely used indicators that strictly assess economic performance. In the present work, twelve (12) different scenarios are examined, incorporating different values in the coefficients of the criteria. For the majority of the scenarios examined (a sensitivity analysis is also provided), the alternative indicator that is assessed with the highest score is “Resource Savings”, followed by “Recycling” and “Research, Innovation, Development”. View Full-Text
Keywords: indicators; investments’ sustainability; multi-criteria analysis; decision support; ELECTRE III indicators; investments’ sustainability; multi-criteria analysis; decision support; ELECTRE III
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Ovezikoglou, P.; Aidonis, D.; Achillas, C.; Vlachokostas, C.; Bochtis, D. Sustainability Assessment of Investments Based on a Multiple Criteria Methodological Framework. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6805. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176805

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Ovezikoglou P, Aidonis D, Achillas C, Vlachokostas C, Bochtis D. Sustainability Assessment of Investments Based on a Multiple Criteria Methodological Framework. Sustainability. 2020; 12(17):6805. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176805

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Ovezikoglou, Paraskevi, Dimitrios Aidonis, Charisios Achillas, Christos Vlachokostas, and Dionysis Bochtis. 2020. "Sustainability Assessment of Investments Based on a Multiple Criteria Methodological Framework" Sustainability 12, no. 17: 6805. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176805

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