Wednesday, September 9, 2009

manufacture regonally, consume regionally?

Which has a lower carbon footprint per unit: global manufacturing or global distribution?

In recent decades, the idea was to rationalise/consolidate manufacturing in fewer plants (and thus decrease unit cost of production) and then distribute more globally.

In the last few years, with Global Warming and green taxation on transportation, are we not in effect "re-configuring" the previous logic?

And what is the new logic? Eg. Produce regionally, distribute and consume regionally?

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