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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.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Peering into energy’s crystal ball

– McKinsey’s predictions were broadly on target in 2007. Here’s how things could turn out during the next eight years.
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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.
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Growth within: A circular economy vision for a competitive Europe

– This report offers a vision for a circular economy in Europe, and argues that it is an inherently attractive alternative to our current “linear” development path, finding positive employment effects—0.6 percent additional annual growth, and 48 percent reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Toward a circular economy: Philips CEO Frans van Houten

– A new economic model is helping the Dutch manufacturer improve its resource efficiency and financial attractiveness.
Interview

Navigating the circular economy: A conversation with Dame Ellen MacArthur

– The yachtswoman and founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation discusses her vision for a global economy in which scarce resources are reused and not sent to landfills.
Article

Giving US energy efficiency a jolt

– Changing consumer behavior isn’t easy. Adopting tactics employed by other consumer-facing industries may help utilities convince residential customers to save more energy.
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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

China’s environmental future: The power of the people

– Well-informed and highly engaged activists are pushing China’s government to do more.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

China’s commitment to a green agenda

– Environmental quality in China has become inseparable from economic growth. The nation’s government will have to act.