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Energy Efficiency Evaluation Based on Data Envelopment Analysis: A Literature Review

Tao Xu (), Jianxin You (), Hui Li () and Luning Shao ()
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Tao Xu: School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
Jianxin You: School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
Hui Li: School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
Luning Shao: School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China

Energies, 2020, vol. 13, issue 14, 1-20

Abstract: The importance and urgency of energy efficiency in sustainable development are increasing. Accurate assessment of energy efficiency is of considerable significance and necessity. The data envelopment analysis (DEA) method has been widely used to study energy efficiency as a total factor efficiency assessment method. In order to summarize the latest research on DEA in the field of energy efficiency, this article first analyzes the overall situation of related literature published in 2011–2019. Subsequently, the definition, measurement and evaluation variables of energy efficiency are introduced. After that, this article reviews the current DEA model and its extension models and applications based on different scenarios. Finally, considering the shortcomings of the existing DEA model, possible future research topics are proposed.

Keywords: energy efficiency; data envelopment analysis; literature review; future research (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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