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Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies

December 2013—In 20 years, almost half of the world’s countries could depend on their resource endowments for growth. These economies have a huge opportunity to transform their prospects, and a new model could help governments capture the coming resource windfall instead of squandering it.more

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Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal

July 2013—Five catalysts can reignite the US economy—opportunities in energy, trade, technology, infrastructure, and talent development can add hundreds of billions of dollars to annual GDP and create millions of new jobs by 2020.more

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Averting the next energy crisis
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Averting the next energy crisis: The demand challenge

March 2009—Global energy-demand growth is expected to flatten in the short term but will rebound with recovery. Indeed, there is potential for liquids-demand growth to outpace that of supply—risking a new spike in oil as soon as 2010 to 2013, depending on the depth of the economic downturn.more

Fueling sustainable energy productivity solution
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Fueling sustainable development: The energy productivity solution

October 2008—By choosing more energy-efficient cars and appliances, and selecting lower-energy-consuming production technologies, developing countries could cut their annual energy-demand growth by more than half over the next 12 years.more

Capturing European energy productivity opportunity
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Capturing the European energy productivity opportunity

September 2008—With energy-efficiency standards in Europe set higher than in many other regions, European companies are in a strong position to make large energy-cost savings and innovate lucrative new markets in energy-efficient technologies and services, attracting worldwide demand.more

The carbon productivity challenge
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The carbon productivity challenge: Curbing climate change and sustaining economic growth

June 2008—Meeting commonly discussed greenhouse gas abatement paths by 2025 while maintaining economic growth will require a tenfold increase in "carbon productivity," the amount of GDP produced per unit of carbon equivalents emitted.more

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investing in energy productivity
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The case for investing in energy productivity

February 2008—Additional annual investments in energy productivity of $170 billion through 2020 could cut global energy-demand growth by at least half while generating average internal rates of return of 17 percent. Such outlays would also achieve significant energy savings and cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions.more

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Leapfrogging to higher energy productivity in China

July 2007—By taking advantage only of currently existing technologies that pay for themselves, China could further its ongoing efforts and reduce total energy demand in 2020 by as much as 23 percent. more

How U.S. can reach its energy potential
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Wasted energy: How the US can reach its energy productivity potential

June 2007—By capturing the potential available from existing technologies, the United States could cap US energy consumption, as well as its greenhouse gas emissions, at today's levels.more

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Curbing global energy-demand growth: The energy productivity opportunity

May 2007—In-depth sector case studies covering buildings, transportation, industries, and electrical generation highlight how the right policies and investments in existing technologies yielding an internal rate of return of 10 percent or more could contribute to a reduction in global energy-demand growth by at least half to 2020.more

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Resource Revolution: The new resource era

McKinsey Global Institute Senior Fellow Fraser Thompson, reviews the changing natural resource landscape and the implications for governments and companies. To get further details, see MGI's Resource Revolution report.more

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Exploring global energy demand

McKinsey Quarterly—An interactive graphic examines the growth of global energy and petroleum demand based on scenarios accounting for GDP and other factors, including the potential reduction in demand through increased energy productivity.more

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Resource productivity opportunities located in developing countriesmore

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