A Fuzzy Goal-Programming Model for Optimization of Sustainable Supply Chain by Focusing on the Environmental and Economic Costs and Revenue: A Case Study

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Management, College of Human Science, Saveh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Saveh, Iran

2 Department of Industrial Management, Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qazvin, Iran



Sustainable supply chain has become an integral part of the corporate strategy. In this paper, a real case study of the natural gas supply chain has been investigated. Using concepts related to natural gas industry and the relations among the compo-nents of gas and oil wells, refineries, storage tanks, dispatching, transmission and distribution network, a seven-level supply chain has been introduced and present-ed schematically. The aim of this paper is to optimize a case study using a fuzzy goal-programming multi-period model considering environmental and economic costs and revenue as fuzzy goals and maximize the total degree of satisfaction of goals as objective function. A small-sized problem was solved using GAMS 23.2.1 software and sensitivity analysis was conducted on its parameters. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that presents a fuzzy goal program-ming model for the optimization of sustainable natural gas supply chain by focus-ing on the environmental and economic costs and total revenue of gas products and the other main contribution of this research is focused to the developing of the mentioned model.


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Volume 4, Issue 1
March 2019
Pages 103-123
  • Receive Date: 12 November 2018
  • Revise Date: 08 January 2019
  • Accept Date: 23 January 2019
  • First Publish Date: 01 March 2019