Insights on Sustainability

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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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Global Energy Perspective 2021

– The Global Energy Perspective describes our view on how the energy transition can unfold, through four scenarios.
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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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Cultivated meat: Out of the lab, into the frying pan

– Making cultivated meat a $25 billion global industry by 2030 presents opportunities within and beyond today’s food industry.

Featured Collection

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

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.

Featured Blog

Sustainability Blog

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

Pricing and Mitigating Climate Risk

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

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.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

‘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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MORE INSIGHTS

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Rethinking meat: A leader in the cultivated meat industry envisions the future

– Meat made without animals could become as normal as electric cars and music streaming, says Josh Tetrick, cofounder and CEO of... cultivated-meat company Eat Just, Inc.
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What matters most? Five priorities for CEOs in the next normal

– How leaders can adapt to a very different future.
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High-stakes innovation: An interview with a cultivated-meat pioneer

– Cultivated meat is meat—but is created by a process so different from conventional meat, it has revolutionary potential,... says Didier Toubia, cofounder and CEO of cultivated-meat start-up Aleph Farms.
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Understanding the ever-evolving, always-surprising consumer

– With consumer behavior changing rapidly—and, often, in unexpected ways—companies must get better at anticipating and... responding to new consumer needs and preferences. Our experts explain how.
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Tapping digital’s full potential in pulp and paper process optimization

– While many pulp and paper companies have been automated for years, they are only now starting to reap the full potential of digital... technologies.
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Preparing for the flood: How packaging companies can catch the postpandemic wave of new product launches

– As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate a significant increase in new product launches driven by changing... megatrends. Five strategic areas of focus can help packaging companies position themselves for success.
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Shared mobility: Where it stands, where it’s headed

– Having weathered a pandemic, regulatory whiplash, and a host of other hurdles, shared mobility endures. Here’s where things... stand today.
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Organizing for sustainability success: Where, and how, leaders can start

– As sustainability becomes more of a strategic and operational imperative, executives must lead the way to set up a sustainability... organization that’s right for their companies.
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Prioritizing sustainability in the consumer sector

– Consumers and companies alike are becoming more interested in making sustainability-focused choices, but how to do so isn’t... always clear. Two McKinsey partners provide some research-based insights.
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How Japan could reach carbon neutrality by 2050

– And why it must start now.
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True packaging sustainability: Understanding the performance trade-offs

– Sustainability of packaging materials varies by which sustainability elements are prioritized. Companies in the value chain will... need to understand the trade-offs across carbon footprint, recyclability, and waste reduction.
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