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Title: Developing environmental sustainability by ANP-QFD approach: The case of shipping operations
Authors: Lam, JSL
Lai, KH 
Keywords: Analytical network process (ANP)
Customer cooperation
Environmental performance
Quality function deployment (QFD)
Shipping
Sustainability
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Journal of cleaner production, 2015, v. 105, p. 275-284 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of cleaner production 
Abstract: As a key trade facilitator, the impact of shipping on the global economy and societies cannot be underestimated. However, there are increasing trends of carbon emission caused by the shipping industry and the related cargo flow activities. As such, the adoption of green shipping practices (GSP) is increasingly popularized by shipping companies. This study aims to develop a decision-support model with systematic metrics for shipping companies to attain environmental sustainability in their operations. An integrated analytical approach which combines Analytical Network Process (ANP) with Quality Function Deployment (QFD) is proposed to serve this purpose. A case study of an international tanker shipping company is used to demonstrate the application of this approach to enhance eco-efficiency. The case results show how the ANP-QFD model can be deployed to understand customers' expectation for environmental management and develop operational measures for shipping companies to achieve environmental and market-oriented outcomes. Accordingly, this study develops the concept of Customer Cooperation Programme for Sustainability in the shipping management context. From the practical standpoint, shipping firms that emphasize sustainability as a competitive priority will benefit by communicating sustainability efforts to better serve their customers, particularly those keen on environmental preservation. The ANP-QFD approach is an integrative method helpful for shipping managers to incorporate the 'voice' of customers for greening into their decision-making and operations processes. The decision-support tool is useful for shipping companies to meet customer requirements for environmental performance and thus progress towards achieving more sustainable performance outcomes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/13285
ISSN: 0959-6526
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.09.070
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