An integrated approach for the benchmarking of production facilities’ environmental performance: data envelopment analysis and life cycle assessment

C. Y. Ng, The Open University of Hong Kong
K. B. Chuah, City University of Hong Kong
Alex Pui yuk King, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong


© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Environmental impacts have become an important consideration in the manufacturing industry due to increasing public pressure for environment protection and the requirements of recently launched legislations. Data envelopment analysis (DEA) is a widely adopted methodological approach for the benchmarking of the relative efficiency of different production units. Changes in production efficiency may affect environmental impacts. DEA can be used for identifying the most efficient production facility and hence, the environmental impacts generated from the different production lines can then be benchmarked. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is carried out to quantify the full environmental impacts of a product from ‘cradle to grave’. The integration of LCA with DEA, efficiency and environmental impact of different production processes for a certain family of products can be evaluated and benchmarked. The proposed two-stage approach can help to reduce the aggregate environmental impacts of the manufacturing phase and is used to benchmark the environmental performance of several production lines in a manufacturing company.