Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Dr. Muhammad Ikram publishes paper on Green Technology in the Journal of Cleaner Production

Dr. Muhammad Ikram publishes paper on Green Technology in the Journal of Cleaner Production

Dr. Muhammad Ikram, assistant professor at the AUI School of Business Administration (SBA), has recently published an article titled “Assessing green technology indicators for cleaner production and sustainable investments in a developing country context” in the prestigious, leading Journal of Cleaner Production (JCP).

The Journal of Cleaner Production (JCP) ranks #1 in the Sustainable Development category and #33 in the top 100 journals category with 200 (H-index). JCP is indexed in various databases such as ABS (2), ABDC (A), Web of Science (SCI), and SCOPUS, with a 9.297 Impact factor. 

This study contributes to academic research in the field by developing an integrated framework comprising the analytical design of green technologies, three layers of green technology platform, and the organizational structure of green technologies in the developing country context. In this study, the authors develop an integrated green technology framework to fill a gap in the literature by prioritizing green technologies' most critical attributes in Pakistan. Initially, the authors focus on eight leading green technology indicators: Environmental Quality, Resource Utilization, Agriculture & Forestry, Green Building, Energy Utilization, Green Transport, Life Health, and Ecology Safety, with the help of the fuzzy Delphi method. The Fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process (FAHP) is employed to find the relative importance of primary and sub-indicators. 

Within the study, the authors used a systematic literature review approach to help identify the current state in the literature. The authors used the following keywords (applying all time period): a) “Green technology” AND “innovation”; b) “Green technology” AND “sustainable development”; c) “Green technology” AND “cleaner production”; d) “Green technology” AND “Pakistan”. Results from the exploratory phase of the literature provided interesting findings. In all searches, the #JournalofCleanerProduction proved to be the leading source in the field.

Practical implications include looking at how green technology investments create different forms of value for the country's economy. The value that comes from investing in green technologies requires triggers related to tangible resources (e.g., financial capital). Our study contributes to the field by identifying how sustainability engagement can lead companies to invest more in green technologies. According to our findings, an integrated, basic understanding of investments' potential to impact environmental, social, and economic performance allows companies to invest in green technologies in practice through each studied sustainability dimension. Thus, the green technologies suppliers/providers must consider the sustainability dimensions stressed in our research when considering green technologies' development and trading.

This study's outcomes can help scholars, managers, government agencies, and decision-makers understand the importance of green technologies to achieve SDGs while simultaneously improving sustainability practices.

More details about the article can be found at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.129090