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Catalyst Zero

Accelerate your journey to a low-carbon future

We combine innovative technology with decades of transformation expertise to help you move from climate intention to impact.

Stakes from climate change and decarbonization have never been higher. At the same time, there are tremendous opportunities for leaders who make the right moves. The challenge facing leaders isn’t just understanding where these climate-related risks and opportunities lie, but also how to lead their companies on this important journey across a complex, dynamic, and often uncertain landscape.

Catalyst Zero can help.

Experience Catalyst Zero

We combine unmatched proprietary data, expert insights, and transformation expertise to help clients decarbonize their companies, products, and assets at unprecedented speed and scale.

What we do

We work with our clients to decarbonize across their business. Specifically, we help:

Set data-backed carbon-emissions reduction targets

that align with external standards, regulations, and initiatives, such as SBTi, GHG Protocol, TCFD, CDP, GRI

Develop company-wide transition strategies

by better understanding a company's carbon footprint and implementing decarbonization initiatives across the entire organization

Decarbonize supply chains

by reducing embedded carbon in procured components and raw materials to reduce Scope 3, or upstream, emissions
Catalyst Zero Product

Develop lower-carbon products

with our dedicated Catalyst Zero Product module, which identifies and reduces the primary drivers of a product’s emission footprint

Our approach

Our proven approach rapidly helps companies build a more sustainable business with analytical and strategic support throughout the process.


With speed and precision, assess an organization’s overall carbon footprint and identify decarbonization priorities.


Evaluate areas of carbon reduction potential and assess their financial costs and benefits.


Set specific decarbonization targets and create detailed plans to achieve them.


Stay responsive to change and make informed adjustments to the plan in real time with automated reporting and full transparency.

Our technology

Our approach is powered by Catalyst Zero's unique software solution and unmatched proprietary data to achieve sustainability goals in a transparent and reliable way.
  • drive end-to-end visibility for decarbonization planning, from baselining to implementation and tracking
  • seamlessly incorporate data from all major enterprise resource planning systems (ERP), combined with McKinsey’s proprietary decarbonization lever library, to harmonize categories of suppliers and spending
  • calculate carbon quickly and accurately, drawing on industry-leading datasets for spending categorization and emission factors
  • display likely abatement pathways, Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) and decarbonization trajectories
  • automate reporting, providing full transparency on impact and a single source of truth for sustainability data

Examples of our work

Working with a manufacturer to develop zero carbon products

Using our zero-carbon product module, we helped set a leading industrial components manufacturer on the path to a 25 percent emissions reduction from all purchased goods by 2030, with a further 15 percent emissions reductions expected across the value chain.

Putting a leading pharmaceutical company on the path to decarbonization

A global chemicals and pharmaceuticals company used Catalyst Zero to identify over 4,500 kilotons of CO2 to be cut from supply chains. The company is on track to achieve a 28 percent reduction in Scope 3 emissions by 2030.

Helping a global logistics company reduce emissions along with costs

We worked with a logistics company to reduce its carbon intensity by an estimated 27 percent by 2025 while driving six percent year-over-year business growth.

Featured insights

Blog Post

McKinsey launches Catalyst Zero to help clients find and remove carbon across their businesses

– McKinsey Sustainability’s new end-to-end decarbonization solution helps organizations build and execute data-driven decarbonization strategies.

Decarbonizing the world’s industries: A net-zero guide for nine key sectors

The sectors that produce the majority of global greenhouse-gas emissions face a steep challenge to decarbonize, but our research shows that solutions are within reach. In many cases, a transformation is well underway. This collection draws together articles and reports that lay out a pathway to net zero for nine emissions-intensive industries

The zero-carbon car: Abating material emissions is next on the agenda

– The automotive industry could abate 66 percent of emissions from their material production at no extra cost by 2030—if industry participants work together and start now.

Featured experts

Bram Smeets
Partner, Amsterdam
Advises leaders in the private and public sectors as they navigate rapid shifts in the energy landscape, supporting efforts to...
Tolga Oguz
Senior Partner, New York
Supports leading institutions globally on transforming businesses and meeting sustainability goals
Libbi Lee
Partner, London
Supports clients undergoing large-scale transformational change to help drive decarbonization and develop strategies to create...
Nikhil Ati
Partner, Houston
Advises energy, chemicals, and materials companies and investors on decarbonization and the energy transition
Peter Crispeels
Partner, Lyon
Focuses on large-scale transformation of industrial activities
Jessica Fan
Associate Partner, Copenhagen
Leads efforts to build and scale McKinsey’s end-to-end decarbonization capabilities, supports clients on their journeys to net-zero...
Dr. Ruth Heuss
Senior Partner, Berlin
As global leader of McKinsey Sustainability, serves companies in the automotive and machinery industries on future mobility, decarbonization...
Thomas Hundertmark
Senior Partner, Houston
Advises leading energy and industrial companies on creating value from strategic transformations, step-change programs, and sustainability
Tomas Nauclér
Senior Partner, Stockholm
As global leader of McKinsey Sustainability, helps companies and governments develop strategies grounded on a fact-based understanding...
Daniel Pacthod
Senior Partner, New York
Global coleader of McKinsey Sustainability; supports clients across sectors to achieve net zero by 2050, accelerate the energy...
Erin Reissman
Solution Associate Partner, Boston
Leads efforts to build and scale our end-to-end decarbonization capabilities and supports clients on the journey to net-zero emissions
Michel Van Hoey
Senior Partner, Luxembourg
Advises leading metals and mining companies on strategy, marketing and sales, organization, and transformation

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