Innovate to net zero

Building a net-zero world requires innovation in technology and business models, which will create growth opportunities for companies that take action

Achieving net-zero emissions will involve a significant economic transformation. Developing, scaling, and deploying climate technologies will be critical to keep warming on a 1.5°-degree pathway. This global decarbonization transition will open new markets and imperil others.

The businesses that can innovate quickly and collaborate across value chains will be able to take advantage of enormous green growth opportunities.

Innovate to net zero: Climate technology

“We built this economy over the past 200 years. We’re going to have to radically change it over the next 30,” explains Dickon Pinner, senior partner and global colead for McKinsey Sustainability. How can climate technology help speed the transition to net zero?

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Playing offense to create value in the net-zero transition

– Decarbonization will reshape the economy, opening new markets and imperiling others. Now is the moment for companies to spot green growth opportunities and move boldly to take advantage.

Delivering the climate technologies needed for net zero

– Developing and deploying climate technologies is critical for the world’s net-zero agenda. Growth could await businesses willing to innovate quickly and to collaborate across value chains.

Building a green business: Lessons from sustainability start-ups

– Green tech and climate technology companies are rapidly altering the competitive landscape. With sustainability now a business imperative, incumbents need to move quickly—or risk being left behind.

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.

Seizing green business growth for Asia’s energy players

– Globally, sustainable energy and low-carbon solutions top national and corporate agendas. For regional energy players, the time to commit to new, planet-friendly ventures is now.

Scaling climate solutions

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.

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.

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.

Net-zero innovation in industries


Net-zero steel in building and construction: The way forward

– Rising demand for greener approaches creates an imperative for the industry to seize the moment, adopt new mindsets, and set standards for the transition to a greener future.

Green corridors: A lane for zero-carbon shipping

– Zero-emission fuels and vessels will need to start being deployed at scale over the next decade to achieve full decarbonization of the shipping sector by 2050. This ambitious goal could be catalyzed by green corridors.

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.

Insights on scaling green businesses

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How quantum computing can help tackle global warming

– Quantum computing has the potential to drive the major breakthroughs needed to help solve the climate crisis. A pioneer in the field discusses how his company is seeking to harness this technology for large-scale climate-change mitigation.

Growing meat instead of raising animals for food: A conversation with Eat Just’s Josh Tetrick

– The cofounder of a food-technology company wants nothing less than to change the way we produce and consume meat.
Interview - Learn to Leap: Green Business Building Edition #2

Make room for alternative proteins: What it takes to build a new sector

– Alternative proteins have the potential to dramatically slow climate change. This interview with three leaders in the field reveals the strategies and insights needed to unlock that potential.
Interview - Learn to Leap: Green Business Building Edition #1

Inventing and scaling the world’s largest urban vertical farming network

– Launching a successful new business concept requires a strong purpose, a focus on research, an innovative business model, and a willingness to adapt to the market.

Our role in innovating to net zero

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McKinsey partners with Stripe, Alphabet, Shopify, and Meta on $925 million carbon removal commitment

– We are pleased to announce today that McKinsey Sustainability will be partnering with Alphabet, Shopify, Meta and Stripe in an eight-year $925 million commitment to accelerate the development of permanent carbon removal technologies by guaranteeing future demand.
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McKinsey launches new climate technology effort to accelerate decarbonization

– The McKinsey Platform for Climate Technologies will help clients plan, deploy, and scale new decarbonization solutions around the world.
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