Sustainable Environmental Management using Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Model in Petrochemical Industry

Document Type: Original Research Paper


1 Department of Environmental Management, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, P.O.Box 14515-775, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Environmental Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, P.O.Box 14515-775, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of the Environment, North Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, P.O.Box 19585-936, Tehran, Iran


This study aims to present a sustainable environmental model using the life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) method in Shazand Petrochemical Company. To determine the evaluation indices, two Delphi and DEMATEL-FTOPSIS questionnaires were distributed among 27 and 8 experts in the field of sustainable environmental management. The environmental, social, economic, environmental-economic, socio-environmental and socio-economic factors were selected as the main criteria based on the previous studies. Data analysis was performed using the DEMATEL-FTOPSIS approach. The values of the determined indices were specified by this study, and the management of the company was prepared. The indicated that the BOD/COD output from the company with the value of 2.181 has the highest effectiveness. Moreover, the index of having short - and long-term planning for local sustainable development with the value of 2.416 had the highest influence. Identification of powerful, strategic and high-quality contractors to enter a long-term contract with them in order to get the competitive advantage in the value chain of the company with the value of 0.569 was found to be the best strategy. Eventually, the sustainable management model for petrochemical industry was presented based on the output results. In this model, indices, prioritizing improvement plans and assessing life cycle sustainability were identified as the most important factors among others.


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