Sustainability & Resource Productivity


The next generation of infrastructure

– Sustainable projects will add trillions to the world’s infrastructure costs. Our report finds that private-sector investors must look at new ways to fill the gap.

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Unlocking Industrial Resource Productivity

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Technologies that could transform how industries use energy

– Energy accounts for a sizable share of company operating costs. Our new report details 33 technologies to improve energy efficiency—and... your bottom line.

Europe’s circular-economy opportunity

– Adopting circular-economy principles could not only benefit Europe environmentally and socially but could also generate a net... economic benefit of €1.8 trillion by 2030.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

More from less: Making resources more productive

– For industrial manufacturers, resources remain a huge financial and managerial cost. A change in perspective can lead to real... breakthroughs in reducing resource consumption.

How companies can adapt to climate change

– Taking effective action can turn risk into competitive advantage.

Pursuing the global opportunity in food and agribusiness

– Satisfying the world’s food needs opens the door to investment throughout the value chain.

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