How does this apply to your business? Fortunately you have time to think and strategize at your corporate offsite or budget processes that are underway the much wider range of business risks you now seem to be facing. Whether your process to anticipate and manage such risks is part of strategic planning, your budgeting process, risk management, or even enterprise risk management (ERM) process, how much visibility do you really have into items like those listed above? And what risk does your business have that you can clearly see once you start this thought process?
Bottom line? - What is the cost of what you do not know in your business? Stop Profit Leaks Now. Apply this information to improve your profitability, reengineer business models, and strengthen or gain competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Bring your thought process back to America. When you do some research on bicycles in San Francisco, you may be surprised to see have widespread bicycle usage has become in that city and the subsequent pressures being placed on automobile traffic. What other changes may be going in the world and across America that will impact your corporate shipping or manufacturing costs? Broaden your insight to strategize about a wide set of transforming the transportation sector, massive increases in regulations on auto emissions, poorly conceived carbon taxes coming with a new department of Federal beaurocrats to set and define rules where almost none exist and an onslaught of other changes to your business?
At what point do you see these changes in the United States? How much of that change will come from higher energy taxes - either in the form of higher gas taxes (ala an updated version of Ross Perot's suggestion to gradually increase gasoline taxes to encourage energy consumption and use a lockbox system to truly invest the money for our benefit, not political set asides. Unfortunately this was swept away by our Congressional leadership with comments like we really could not understand those charts and graphs) or the welfare carbon tax, which is what some are saying is really what the present cap and trade movement is.
Assuming that the average family doesn't quite find the time or energy to cycle the thousand or so kilometres to their holiday destination, most people agree that generally the greenest way to travel is to go by train. Most trunk route trains in France run on nuclear power (well electricity which has been generated largely by nuclear power anyway). Indeed France probably has the lowest CO2 emissions for power production of all the large counties in the developed world, as only about 8% of its power is generated from fossil fuels (86% is nuclear, 6% renewable).
Travelling on the French TGV is pretty green as well as pretty fast !
So it's a real shame that over 95% of our guests last year didn't arrive by train. Why not? Well it's pretty expensive for starters: there are no down-market budget travel companies running trains in France. Plus I guess it's just quicker and/or more convenient to fly/drive or to bring your own car on holiday.