Probabilistic Pareto decision making framework for sustainable packaging life cycle assessment

Huihui Qi, Euihark Lee, Hae Chang Gea, Bin Zheng

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Abstract

The Packaging industry is one of the largest industries in the world and is associated with many environmental concerns. To reduce its environmental impacts, designing sustainable packaging has been one of the top priorities in packaging industries. A common tools for evaluating the environmental impact of a package design is the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) which provides information on environmental impacts for different indicators. However, making decisions based on the LCA results leaves us with major challenges. First, the LCA tools should consider various uncertainties such as measurement and data quality. Second, the LCA may give conflicting results on different environmental impact factors. To address these issues, a ranking based decision making framework is proposed in this paper. Within this framework a Probabilistic Pareto Selection method is introduced to select the Pareto Front with uncertainty first. Then, the Ranking based Rate of Substitution is implemented in the decision making process in order to select the best design options based on the trade-off of each Pareto design. Tow case studies are presented to demonstrate the functionality of this framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication20th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 9th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791857113
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2015 - Boston, United States
Duration: Aug 2 2015Aug 5 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume4

Other

OtherASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2015
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period8/2/158/5/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Qi, H., Lee, E., Gea, H. C., & Zheng, B. (2015). Probabilistic Pareto decision making framework for sustainable packaging life cycle assessment. In 20th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 9th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 4). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2015-46885