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Fuzzy Mathematics for Evaluating Environmental Impacts in Wearing Apparel Companies (NILS Project)

The project is supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism, operated by Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Nils Science and Sustainability Programme), and its head is Professor María Jesús Muñoz Torres (Universitat Jaume I, Spain).

About the project
Over recent years, increasing efforts and resources have been devoted to preserve the earth for future generation. Despite the promising results of these initiatives, the urgency of avoiding harm to the environment requires further actions to change the unsustainable production and consumption patterns. This project attempts to advance in this direction, improving the firm’s capacity to manage and control the harm done to the natural environment by its processes, products and business activities in general and providing tools to consumers to make understandable and reliable the environmental information about the products. This project is based on wearing apparel industry which is considered as ecologically one of the most polluting industries in the world.


Objectives
The purpose of this project is to design a model that integrates fuzzy mathematics into the environmental impact assessment of the wearing apparel industry. There are many ways in which corporate activity affects the natural environment which cause difficulties on the analysis and assessment of corporate environmental impact. Fuzzy mathematics allows addressing the complexity of the environmental impacts and enables the incorporation of expert knowledge into the system of assessment.


Outcomes
To contribute to academic scholarship, policy making and practitioners through publications in international journals and further dissemination of outcomes of the research project at international conferences and stakeholder forums.


Background
Wearing apparel industry is a valuable example of important environmental impacts along the supply chain (product design, fiber production, yarn and fabric production, fabric dyeing and finishing, clothing production, selling and distribution, recycling, and disposal) such as significant CO2 and GHG emissions originated from clothing production or high consumption of energy and water during washing of clothes. Moreover, this industry is a global one, where fibers, thread, and weave might be produced in different countries, and the legal system of a single country would not be able to address the great environmental problems. Furthermore, customers are not able to evaluate the environmental impacts created along the supply chain and sellers do not care about the earlier stages of the chain. For these reasons is important to provide useful environmental indicators that allow companies to measure their progress towards environmental targets and market actors to have a greater influence on the company in order to move toward sustainable development.


Project period and financing
This project is due to be completed between September 2014 and November 2015. The project is supported by Nils Science and Sustainability Programme (ES07), ABEL – Coordinated Mobility of Researchers (ABEL-CM-2014A), and financed by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism, operated by Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

 

FINAL WORKSHOP: 14-15th October 2015 (Check the program)

I WORKSHOP: 1-3rd September 2014

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