Sustainability & Resource Productivity


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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Unlocking Industrial Resource Productivity

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

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.

Public space and public values

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

Five things Bill Gates gets right on energy

– And one I’m not so sure about.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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