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The application of the analytic network process to the assessment of best available techniques
- Giner-Santonja, Germán, Aragonés-Beltrán, Pablo, Niclós-Ferragut, Joaquín
- Journal of cleaner production 2012 v.25 pp. 86-95
- best available technology, case studies, decision making, pollution, pollution control, Europe
- The European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Bureau produces reference documents on Best Available Techniques, called BREFs. These documents give technical and descriptive information about the installations that represent a significant pollution potential in Europe. However, they do not provide an assessment of the Best Available Techniques, which is a decision to be made by the competent environmental authority. The present work proposes a decision-making process for assessing Best Available Techniques based on the Analytic Network Process. Seven evaluation criteria, grouped into three clusters, have been proposed. The process is applied to a case study and the results are described and analyzed. As a main conclusion, this paper describes a robust and scientific method for a better implementation of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control approach.