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An Overview of Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Methods in Dealing with Sustainable Energy Development Issues


The measurement of sustainability is actively used today as one of the main preventative instruments in order to reduce the decline of the environment. Sustainable decision-making in solving energy issues can be supported and contradictory effects can be evaluated by scientific achievements of multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) techniques. The main goal of this paper is to overview the application of decision-making methods in dealing with sustainable energy development issues. In this study, 105 published papers from the Web of Science Core Collection (WSCC) database are selected and reviewed, from 2004 to 2017, related to energy sustainability issues and MCDM methods. All the selected papers were categorized into 9 fields by the application area and into 10 fields by the used method. After the categorization of the scientific articles and detailed analysis, SWOT analysis of MCDM approaches in dealing with sustainable energy development issues is provided. The widespread application and use of MCDM methods confirm that MCDM methods can help decision-makers in solving energy sustainability problems and are highly popular and used in practice.


Keywords: sustainable energy; sustainability assessment; multi-criteria decision-making; MCDM; MCDM review; renewable energy




Impact Factor: 2.676  (2017 Journal Citation Reports, Clarivate Analytics, 2018)


Siksnelyte, I.; Zavadskas, E.K.; Streimikiene, D.; Sharma, D. 2018. An Overview of Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Methods in Dealing with Sustainable Energy Development Issues. In Energies, Volume 11, Issue 10, 2754; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11102754; [Science Citation Index Expanded].


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