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Scott is global co-leader of McKinsey's Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice and a leader of the global Energy Practice. Based in Houston, he works primarily with energy and industrial companies to develop strategies for performance transformation and to capture opportunities in energy efficiency, wind, solar, biofuels, and natural gas.

A chemical engineer by training, Scott joined McKinsey in 1984. Among recent work, he has helped a US electric utility adapt its operations and community infrastructure to increasing climate risks; guided a national oil company in developing a long-term strategy to navigate increasing resource scarcity and environmental pressure; supported an independent oil company in building a gas business and improving its global exploration effectiveness; and advised a large industrial company on building new businesses in a world of growing energy demand and increasing environmental scrutiny.

Scott has published extensively on the challenges and opportunities facing global energy markets and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. In 2007, he was co-author of the first comprehensive national assessment of the economic costs and benefits associated with potential greenhouse gas abatement measures in the US: “Reducing US greenhouse gas emissions: How much at what cost?,” the US Greenhouse Gas Abatement Mapping Initiative’s Executive Report, December 2007.

Published work

Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2013

Breaking the US growth impasse,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2013

Shale and tight oil: American's energy,” McKinsey on Sustainability and Resource Productivity, June 2012 (PDF–167 KB)

CO2 abatement: Exploring options for oil and natural gas companies,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2010

The future of capitalism: Building a sustainable energy future,” Edited panel discussion, McKinsey Quarterly, December 2009

“Getting to the next level of operating performance in petroleum refining,” McKinsey on Oil & Gas, Number 2, Winter 2009

Why energy demand will rebound,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2009

“Averting the next oil crisis: The demand challenge,” McKinsey, March 2009

Reducing US greenhouse gas emissions: How much at what cost?” US Greenhouse Gas Abatement Mapping Initiative: Executive Report, McKinsey, December 2007

Curbing the growth of global energy demand,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2007

New horizons in global energy,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2007

Making the most of the world’s energy resources,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2007

Past experience
Exxon Production Research Offshore oil platform design
Education
Harvard University MBA
University of Michigan BS in chemical engineering

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