Sustainability & Resource Productivity

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How big data will revolutionize the global food chain

– Advanced analytics opens vast untapped potential for farmers, investors, and emerging economies to reduce the cost of goods sold.

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Book

Unlocking Industrial Resource Productivity

– This e-book examines five core beliefs to increase profits through energy, material, and water efficiency.
Book

Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century

Resource Revolution shows how to take what is being seen as a worldwide crisis and turn it into the biggest business... opportunity of the past one hundred years.

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Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets

– Commodity prices, though off recent peaks, still reflect emerging-market demand, a challenging geology, innovative technology,... and improved resource productivity.
Report

Accelerating the energy transition: cost or opportunity?

– Transforming the Netherlands' energy system could provide a boost to the economy while lowering greenhouse-gas emissions in line... with European goals.
Interview

Public space and public values

– Copenhagen-based architect Helle Søholt discusses why residents of cities are the center of her urban-planning projects.
Commentary

Five things Bill Gates gets right on energy

– And one I’m not so sure about.
Article

Breaking the mold: How Crossrail’s Innovate 18 program works

– A major project in London figures out how to get new ideas flowing.
Article

Renewable energy: Evolution, not revolution

– Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are growing rapidly, but the world will also continue to rely on fossil fuel for decades to... come.
Article

Rethinking the future of plastics

– A new report finds that applying circular-economy principles could dramatically reshape the economics of this workhorse of the... global economy—and help the environment.
Article

Managing waste in emerging markets

– Growing economic prosperity is rapidly increasing waste volumes in emerging countries. We discuss how governments can react to... contain human and ecological health risks.
Report

The new plastics economy: Rethinking the future of plastics

– The overarching vision of the New Plastics Economy is that plastics never become waste. Instead, through alignment of design,... production, and logistics with circular economy principles, they re-enter the economy for re-use as valuable technical or biological nutrients.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How the sharing economy can make its case

– These challengers must develop a smarter approach to external engagement.
Report

Saving the ocean from plastic waste

– An estimated eight million metric tons of plastic waste leaks into the ocean every year. Action in just five countries could stem... that tide.

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