Handbook of Sustainable Development Planning
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Handbook of Sustainable Development Planning

Studies in Modelling and Decision Support, Second Edition

Edited by M. A. Quaddus and M. A.B. Siddique

The thoroughly revised second edition of this authoritative Handbook, complete with new chapters, comprehensively examines the current status and future directions of model-based systems in decision support and their application to sustainable development planning.
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Chapter 7: Using data envelopment analysis for ecoefficiency evaluation

Joseph Sarkis and Srinivas Talluri


Ecoefficiency is the evaluation of an organization’s ecological (or environmental) efficiency. This topic has come under increasing scrutiny by a variety of stakeholders, of which the organization itself is one. Eco efficiency is meant to determine how well an organization uses its resources. This is not only important from an economic basis, but also from an environmental and social basis. Sustainability measures for organizational eco efficiency measurement are currently under investigation and development. To help evaluate these measures, data envelopment analysis (DEA) can be used. DEA is a quantitative multifactor productivity measurement tool that has gained much attention in the operations research and application literature. DEA has proven quite useful for a number of managerial decision problems and research questions, but it has been rarely applied within the realm of corporate environmental management. The limited application of DEA for environmental issues provides fertile ground for its use as both a research and a practical tool.

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