Environmental efficiency evaluation based on data envelopment analysis: A review

Malin Song, Qingxian An, Wei Zhang, Zeya Wang, Jie Wu

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The paper aims to investigate the achievements of the theoretical and practical basis of environmental policy analysis in order to study their works and point out the future possible research direction. It sorts out researches about environmental efficiency assessment and reviews the works about the theory and application of efficiency analysis around the world. It is suggested that environmental efficiency evaluation theory under small samples and DEA method with undesirable outputs will further extend the research on environmental efficiency evaluation. Also, this review confirms that more studies in methods and their applications in this area are in urgent need.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4465-4469
Number of pages5
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the supporting of National Natural Science Foundation of China ( 71171001 , 70901069 ), National Social Science Fund Project of China ( 10BGL066 ), Humanity and Social Science Youth Foundation of Ministry of Education of China ( 10YJC630208 ), Key Foundation of Natural Science for Colleges and Universities in Anhui, China ( KJ2011A001 ), and Key Foundation of National research in Statistics of China ( 2011LZ023 ).


  • Environmental efficiency assessment
  • Small samples
  • Undesirable outputs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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