Insights on Sustainability

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It’s time for philanthropy to step up the fight against climate change

– Climate change’s negative effects are coming to bear on high-priority philanthropic issues. More and better funding can protect vulnerable stakeholders and speed the net-zero transition.
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Curbing methane emissions: How five industries can counter a major climate threat

– Methane accounts for about one-third of global warming. New McKinsey research shows how five industries can cut emissions with... proven technologies and at a reasonable cost.
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How cities can adapt to climate change

– Research identifies 15 proven ways that urban areas around the world can adapt to climate risk.
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How negative emissions can help organizations meet their climate goals

– Substantial negative emissions (carbon removals) are needed with emission reductions to avert catastrophic climate change. Analysis... shows that negative emissions can be deployed at the required scale.

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McKinsey on Climate Change

This special downloadable collection brings together recent McKinsey research and perspectives on the climate risks the world must confront and actions to reduce emissions.

Sustainability Strategy

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Climate math: What a 1.5-degree pathway would take

– Decarbonizing global business at scale is achievable, but the math is daunting.
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The big choices for oil and gas in navigating the energy transition

– As oil and gas companies respond to the current economic discontinuities, they must choose where and how to compete as the world transitions to a low-carbon future.
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Taking ownership of a sustainable future

– Three CEOs offer lessons on their pursuit of sustainability.
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The ESG premium: New perspectives on value and performance

– In a new survey, executives and investment professionals largely agree that environmental, social, and governance programs create short- and long-term value—though perceptions of how have changed over the past decade.

Decarbonization Transformation

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Creating the zero-carbon mine

– Despite a daunting timeline, zero-carbon mines are within reach if the right solutions are implemented.
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America 2021: Renewing the nation’s commitment to climate action

– To America’s leaders, innovators, and changemakers: here’s how you can help build a low-carbon economy that is resilient, competitive, prosperous, and fair.
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Shipping and carbon zero: An interview with Bo Cerup-Simonsen

– The CEO of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping explains what it will take for the industry to decarbonize.

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Sustainability Blog

Quick takes on the business of sustainability from our experts at the forefront of today’s trends.

Pricing and Mitigating Climate Risk

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Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts

– How could Earth’s changing climate impact socioeconomic systems across the world in the next three decades? A yearlong, cross-disciplinary research effort at McKinsey & Company provides some answers.
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Climate change and P&C insurance: The threat and opportunity

– Many in the property and casualty insurance industry have underestimated the immediacy of physical—and systemic—effects from climate change. Business models must adapt.
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Banking imperatives for managing climate risk

– More than regulatory pressure is driving banks to manage climate risk. Financing a green agenda is also a commercial imperative—but specialized skills are needed to protect balance sheets.
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‘Bring the problem forward’: Larry Fink on climate risk

– The physical impact of climate change will lead to a major capital reallocation, says the head of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager.

Sustainable Investing

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A blueprint for scaling voluntary carbon markets to meet the climate challenge

– The trading of carbon credits can help companies—and the world—meet ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Here is what it would take to strengthen voluntary carbon markets so they can support climate action on a large scale.
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Why investing in nature is key to climate mitigation

– A new consultation paper from McKinsey and the World Economic Forum explores the role that natural climate solutions can play in helping to address climate change and the destruction of nature.
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Valuing nature conservation

– A methodology to evaluate where safeguarding natural capital could have the biggest impact on climate, economies and health.

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Managing water and climate risk with renewable energy

– New analysis shows how companies can target renewable-energy purchases and investments to reduce water risk and carbon emissions... in tandem.
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Opportunities for UK businesses in the net-zero transition

– Supplying the goods and services to enable the global net-zero transition could be worth £1 trillion to UK businesses by... 2030.
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Five trends reshaping European power markets

– Utilities, traders, and large power consumers face significant challenges addressing the next normal.
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Net-zero Germany: Chances and challenges on the path to climate neutrality by 2045

– Climate neutrality in Germany is possible as early as 2045, but decisive action must be taken now to achieve this target.
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Industrial-resource productivity and the road to sustainability

– As industrial companies—especially in process industries—strive for a zero-carbon future, a time-tested approach shows... renewed value in helping reduce carbon by up to one-third in three to five years.
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Net zero by 2035: A pathway to rapidly decarbonize the US power system

– Ten strategic moves can help the power sector play a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions.
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Exploring cultivated meat

– Only recently it was a futuristic dream—but today, cultivated meat is a product consumers are just beginning to taste. The... next step is scaling a global industry.
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Built to last: Making sustainability a priority in transport infrastructure

– Every year, trillions of dollars are invested in the infrastructure that helps us—and our goods—get around. What will... it take to move the transport infrastructure industry toward carbon zero?
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Africa’s green manufacturing crossroads: Choices for a low-carbon industrial future

– In Africa, the decarbonization of the manufacturing sector and economic growth and industrialization can go hand in hand; the... choices the continent makes now will be critical for its future success and prosperity.
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Lighthouses unlock sustainability through 4IR technologies

– At manufacturing lighthouses, the Fourth Industrial Revolution makes sustainability easier. Environmental sustainability and operational... competitiveness reinforce one another, thanks to digital.
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A turning point for US auto dealers: The unstoppable electric car

– Electric-vehicle sales are surging, transforming every aspect of the business. Our assessment helps US auto dealers prepare for... the coming change.
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