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Multiple Criteria Decision-Making as an Operational Conceptualization of Energy Sustainability

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Institute for Research in Technology, Comillas Pontifical University, 28015 Madrid, Spain
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Doctoral School, Comillas Pontifical University, 28015 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editors: Sara Lumbreras, Hans-Ferdinand Angel and Lluis Oviedo
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 11629; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111629
Received: 28 July 2021 / Revised: 18 October 2021 / Accepted: 19 October 2021 / Published: 21 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Human Factor in Designing Sustainable Systems)
There is a broad international consensus about the urgency of promoting a strong change towards energy models that are less dependent on non-renewable energy sources, more equitable, and truly environmentally friendly. In order to achieve this goal, we need to define the problem so that it can be operationally and comprehensively addressed. This paper presents a proposal of a framework for the analysis of the sustainability of energy models based on multiple criteria theory, which we consider comprehensive and operational enough. Its application to a real energy model, the Spanish one, shows that the framework is able to address most of the elements both of weak and strong sustainability and find a reasonable compromise within the limits of the problem. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy sustainability; weak sustainability; strong sustainability; sustainability frameworks energy sustainability; weak sustainability; strong sustainability; sustainability frameworks
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Romero, J.C.; Linares, P. Multiple Criteria Decision-Making as an Operational Conceptualization of Energy Sustainability. Sustainability 2021, 13, 11629. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111629

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Romero JC, Linares P. Multiple Criteria Decision-Making as an Operational Conceptualization of Energy Sustainability. Sustainability. 2021; 13(21):11629. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111629

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Romero, José C., and Pedro Linares. 2021. "Multiple Criteria Decision-Making as an Operational Conceptualization of Energy Sustainability" Sustainability 13, no. 21: 11629. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111629

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