Insights on Sustainability

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Protecting people from a changing climate: The case for resilience

– Our new study lays bare the potential impact of climate risks for people across the globe—and underscores the need to protect the most vulnerable and build resilience.
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Author Talks: There is no vaccine for climate change

– What’s the most important thing we can do to address climate change? Talk about it.
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COP26 made net zero a core principle for business. Here’s how leaders can act

– Momentum has shifted: net-zero commitments are the norm. But demand for solutions and systems to meet them outstrips the supply.... To respond, businesses should focus on five fundamentals.
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Aligning portfolios with climate goals: A new approach for financial institutions

– Portfolio-alignment tools will help financial institutions chart more scientifically robust, realistic, and profitable climate... strategies.
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Innovating to net zero: An executive’s guide to climate technology

– Advanced technologies are critical to stopping climate change—and the drive to develop and scale them is accelerating. Here... are five themes that could attract $2 trillion of annual investment by 2025.

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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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The COP26 Daily

Highlights from our conversations with leaders at the UN climate summit in Glasgow

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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The CEO: Architect of the new operations agenda

– To thrive in a volatile and unpredictable postpandemic economy, companies need smarter, faster, more agile operations. That requires... big changes—and commitment from the very top of the organization.
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US water infrastructure: Making funding count

– A much-anticipated wave of funding for US water infrastructure could be unlocked in the coming months and years. Are utilities... and investors ready?
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Net-zero power: Long-duration energy storage for a renewable grid

– As the world transitions to decarbonized energy systems, emerging long-duration energy storage technologies will be critical for... supporting the widescale deployment of renewable energy sources.
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‘Speeding up everyday travel’: Lilium prepares for takeoff

– Daniel Wiegand, CEO of air-mobility company Lilium, believes that electric passenger aircraft will be commonplace by 2030.
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How to reduce postharvest crop losses in the agricultural supply chain

– Cutting postharvest waste could translate to cost savings for grain-trading companies, as well as to potential land gains for... countries at high risk of grain loss.
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Five Fifty: From brown to green

– A net-zero future will require massive decarbonization of energy-intensive industries. New technologies and coalitions could help... lead the way.
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A sustainable, inclusive, and growing future for the United States

– While the challenges the United States faces are significant, it can build on core strengths to grow, broaden, and sustain prosperity.
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Aligning portfolios with climate goals: A new approach for financial institutions

– Portfolio-alignment tools will help financial institutions chart more scientifically robust, realistic, and profitable climate... strategies.
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Author Talks: Paul Polman on business as a force for good

– Climate change and inequality are threatening our very existence. For a better future, business must step up.
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Capturing the wind: Renewable-energy opportunities in Vietnam

– Vietnam’s commitment to increasing its energy capacity using renewable sources and favorable macroeconomic conditions may... create valuable opportunities for wind investors and developers.
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Green Africa: A growth and resilience agenda for the continent

– How the global climate agenda creates opportunities for Africa to build resilience, catalyze sustainable growth, and contribute... to the net-zero transition.
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