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Re: Service vs. Manufacturing



Tom:

Great question.  In my mind, the transition to a service economy shifts the 
unit of analysis of P2 from the manufacturing plant to the service or 
product.  Thus issues such as EPP, product stewardship, life cycle 
inventory become more relevant and have higher leverage for environmental 
protection.

This is because the "local" impacts of manufacturing are exported (for 
example to Asia), but the end of life impacts (given the near insatiable 
consumer demand in this country) persist and grow in relative proportion.

It also seems that the decline in manufacturing (and the relative clean up 
in manufacturing processes in the US) will lead to a greater focus on more 
diffuse sources of pollution than the plant itself.  This could include air 
area and mobile sources, water non-point sources, and end-of-life products.

Tim

At 09:13 AM 4/3/03 -0600, Thomas Vinson wrote:
>How about an esoteric question?
>
>I always here that our economy is moving away from manufacturing and 
>becoming more of a service based economy.  If this is the trend, how will 
>P2 programs operate in regards to the service industry?
>
>What are some examples of successes?
>
>Will P2 always concentrate on manufacturing?
>
>Tomas Vinson-Peng
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Kerr, Greiner & Associates, Inc.
47R Englewood Road
Gloucester, MA   01930
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