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.

the granularity of growth

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

Stemming the tide

Stemming the tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean

September 2015—Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment led a comprehensive effort to analyze where the majority of ocean plastic comes from and how it leaks into the ocean, examine leakage pathways in different regions, and investigate potential plastic waste reduction solutions and the economics of each.


Urban mobility at a tipping point

September 2015—As more of the world’s cities become congested and polluted, new business models and technologies are emerging to solve the mobility challenge.more

Growth within: A circular economy vision for a competitive Europe

Growth within: A circular economy vision for a competitive Europe

June 2015—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.more

Tools for sustainability

Tools for sustainability: How and why to work with supply chains on energy efficiency

May 2015—Four steps can help to create sustainability programs that work for both buyers and suppliers.

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


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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.


McKinsey on Sustainability & Resource Productivity

Presenting insights and approaches that organizations can use to transform how they manage resources and drive sustainable growth.more

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Greenhouse gas abatement cost curves

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

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