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Myths and realities of clean technologies

April 2014—Don’t be fooled by high-profile setbacks. The cleantech sector is gaining steam—with less and less regulatory assistance.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

commentary | McKinsey Quarterly

Daniel Yergin on the next energy revolution

April 2014—The global energy expert and Pulitzer Prize–winning author expects an energy landscape rife with innovations—and surprises.more

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Fred Krupp
commentary | McKinsey Quarterly

Fred Krupp on the benefits of monitoring resource use

April 2014—The head of the Environmental Defense Fund describes how the rise of big data and sensing technologies could improve the bottom line for companies and the environment.more

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How resource scarcity is driving the third Industrial Revolution

April 2014—The authors of the new book Resource Revolution argue that high resource prices are spurring innovations powerful enough to unlock a new phase of global economic growth.more

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article | McKinsey Quarterly

A new act for fracking?

April 2014—The latest wave of innovation could greatly improve production and lower costs.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

Bringing lean thinking to energy

February 2014—Beset by rising costs, resource-intensive manufacturers are applying lean-management thinking in new ways to reduce the amount of energy used in production, to increase resource productivity—or both.more

article | McKinsey Quarterly

Global gas markets: The North American factor

February 2014—New exports of low-cost gas from Canada and the United States could threaten liquefied natural gas projects in other regions.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

interview | McKinsey Quarterly

Toward a circular economy: Philips CEO Frans van Houten

February 2014—A new economic model is helping the Dutch manufacturer improve its resource efficiency and financial attractiveness.more


Navigating the circular economy: A conversation with Dame Ellen MacArthur

February 2014—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.more

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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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