Insights on Sustainability & Resource Productivity

Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Applying artificial intelligence for social good

– AI is not a silver bullet, but it could help tackle some of the world’s most challenging social problems.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Powering the digital economy

– As cheaper storage and renewables bend the electricity cost curve, utilities must refine their strategies and raise their digital... game.
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Less carbon means more flexibility: Recognizing the rise of new resources in the electricity mix

– Thousands of megawatts of renewable resources—chiefly wind and solar—are in the works. What types of grid services... can these provide as electricity markets and policies evolve?
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How industry can move toward a low-carbon future

– Cutting industry’s carbon emissions will require significant investment and coordinated effort among businesses, governments,... and other stakeholders.
Article

No time to waste: What plastics recycling could offer

– Plastics waste is hurting the chemical industry as well as the environment. By taking the lead on recycling, chemical players... could add a new dimension to the industry and help solve the problem.

The future of mobility

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The future of commercial mobility

How to improve mobility and make our cities cleaner, greener, more livable, and efficient.

Featured publications

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McKinsey on Sustainability & Resource Productivity, Number 5

– The articles in this publication suggest a powerful momentum behind energy, mobility and sustainability transitions, to the benefit... of business and society.
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The circular economy: Moving from theory to practice

– A special collection of articles about the transition taking place as companies use circular-economy concepts to capture more... value from resources and to provide customers with better experiences.
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Unlocking Industrial Resource Productivity: 5 Core Beliefs to Increase Profits through Energy, Material, and Water Efficiency

– This book explains how companies can adopt new ways of thinking to transform their operations for greater efficiency.

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How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry

– Reusing plastics waste could become an important driver of profitability for chemical companies. Incumbent players need to make... the right moves now to tap this opportunity.
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The State of Fashion 2019: A year of awakening

– The industry as a whole is embracing new opportunities—even as dangers lurk.
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Merchant risk management: The new frontier in renewables

– If stakeholders move away from subsidizing the renewable-energy market, developers would be exposed to wholesale prices. Renewables... players thus need to position themselves strategically in their approach to long-term merchant risk.
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How the global supply landscape for meat protein will evolve

– Changes in global meat consumption will be driven by local growth patterns. But opportunities still abound for companies that... master the tools to understand the market’s shifting dynamics.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Emerging outperformers

– Does the recent turbulence in emerging markets mean global growth will slow? New research suggests otherwise. 
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Thriving amid turbulence: Imagining the cities of the future

– Four major forces are shaping cities of the future. How can they thrive in the face of challenges and change?
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Is apparel manufacturing coming home?

– To meet customers’ needs, apparel companies need to focus on nearshoring, automation, and sustainability.
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Fast transit: Why urban e-buses lead electric-vehicle growth

– Looking for the most successful electric-vehicle segment? Take the e-bus.
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Tuning in to value: How Sky redesigned its set-top box for the circular economy

– An executive explains how the pay-TV company saved money and pleased customers by designing hardware for repair and reuse.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Creating creatives

– Creativity drives business innovation and growth. But is it reserved for the lucky few?
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Charging ahead: Electric-vehicle infrastructure demand

– Access to efficient charging could become a roadblock to electric-vehicle uptake. Let’s look at the numbers and costs behind... the problem.
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