Sustainability & Resource Productivity

Our consultants and experts work with leading private and public sector institutions to manage the challenges and opportunities created by growing pressure on resource systems and increasing environmental risk.

McKinsey Center for Business and Environment

Providing insights and solutions so that economies—and the environment—can thrive

Featured book

Resource-Productive Operations

Resource-Productive Operations: Five core beliefs to increase profits through leaner and greener manufacturing operations

As commodities become scarcer, prices rise, and demand increases, resource productivity in operations is no longer an option. But companies will need to think and act differently if they are to embrace this new challenge. Looking at supply chains in a circular, not linear way, and integrating green operations with lean, profitability, and other areas are essential.

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

Stefan Heck, Matt Rogers, Paul Carroll (Contributor)

April 2014Resource 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.more

Featured insights

From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth

From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth

March 2015—How can public institutions, development agencies, investors, researchers, and producers work together to build a food sector that propels economic growth, meets demand, and helps to maintain social stability?more

article | McKinsey Quarterly

The disruptive potential of solar power

April 2014—As costs fall, the importance of solar power to senior executives is rising.more

article | McKinsey Quarterly

Are you ready for the resource revolution?

March 2014—Meeting increasing global demand requires dramatically improving resource productivity. Yet technological advances mean companies have an extraordinary opportunity not only to meet that challenge but to spark the next industrial revolution as well.more

article | McKinsey Quarterly

Remaking the industrial economy

February 2014—A regenerative economic model—the circular economy—is starting to help companies create more value while reducing their dependence on scarce resources.more


Giving US energy efficiency a jolt

December 2013—Changing consumer behavior isn’t easy. Adopting tactics employed by other consumer-facing industries may help utilities convince residential customers to save more energy.more

report | McKinsey Global Institute

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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report | McKinsey Global Institute

Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets

September 2013—Commodity prices, though off recent peaks, still reflect emerging-market demand, a challenging geology, innovative technology, and improved resource productivity.more

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McKinsey on Sustainability

McKinsey on Sustainability & Resource Productivity

Our goal is to present insights and approaches that organizations can use to transform how they manage resources and drive sustainable growth.more

Transform a city into great places to live and work

How to make a city great

May 2013–What does it take to advance a city's economic, environmental, and social performance? Our research and interviews with global city leaders make clear that there is no single path. Rather successful leaders must find the balance between three critical areas: smart growth, doing more with less, and winning support for change.


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RedE - Resource Efficiency Deployment Engine


The Resource Efficiency Deployment Engine (RedE) online web tool helps clients achieve sustainable energy cost reduction by identifying, quantifying, and tracking implementation of energy cost savings.

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Greenhouse gas abatement cost curves

McKinsey is continuously researching the topic of greenhouse gas abatement. Read the full reports of our findings.more

Track global commodity markets

MGI’s Commodity Price Index tool

Create custom views of quarterly movements in commodity prices and compare correlations among resource markets.more

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