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IT2 Fuzzy-Based Multidimensional Evaluation of Coal Energy for Sustainable Economic Development

Ling Du (), Hasan Dinçer (), İrfan Ersin () and Serhat Yüksel ()
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Ling Du: College of Economics and Management, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
Hasan Dinçer: School of Business, Istanbul Medipol University, 34810 Istanbul, Turkey
İrfan Ersin: School of Business, Istanbul Medipol University, 34810 Istanbul, Turkey
Serhat Yüksel: School of Business, Istanbul Medipol University, 34810 Istanbul, Turkey

Energies, 2020, vol. 13, issue 10, 1-21

Abstract: The aim of this study is to determine the impact of coal energy on the economic development of countries. For this purpose, similar studies in the literature have been examined and nine different criteria have been determined for three dimensions affecting the use of coal energy. In order to determine the most important factors, an analysis is performed with IT2 fuzzy DANP method. The most important contribution of this study to the literature is that a proposal can be made for the use of coal energy by considering both positive and negative opinions related to this energy. On the other hand, IT2 fuzzy DANP method has been taken into consideration in this study for the first-time regarding coal energy and it is believed that methodological originality has been achieved. It is identified that social factors have the most importance in the use of coal energy. In this context, environmental pollution, health problems and demographic factors resulting from the use of coal energy should be taken into consideration in the use of this energy. Thus, problems arising from the use of coal energy far outweigh the economic benefits of using this energy. Therefore, factors that may prevent air pollution, such as carbon capture technology, should be considered in the use of coal energy. In addition, the use of high-quality coal will contribute to the reduction of the problems caused with this energy. In addition, investing in renewable energy sources that do not have negative impacts on the environment is also important for the sustainability of future energy policies.

Keywords: coal energy; sustainable economic development; IT2 fuzzy DANP (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q4 Q40 Q41 Q42 Q43 Q47 Q48 Q49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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