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McKinsey Platform for Climate Technologies

Accelerating deployment of net-zero technologies

To achieve net zero, the world needs technological innovation, deployment, and scale-up at unprecedented speed.

To implement these technologies at scale, decision makers need clarity on how they work: the science, capital investment requirements, scaling economics, prices, regulations, environmental impact, and much more. They need to understand where those factors stand today and how they’re likely to change over time. That’s a challenge in this evolving category, where the deployment scale is relatively small and technology advances with astonishing speed.

We launched the McKinsey Platform for Climate Technologies (MPCT) to help clients plan, execute, and scale the implementation of these critical technologies. MPCT works with the world’s leading experts to anticipate the impact of new technologies and challenge conventional approaches to established ones. We focus on the most critical technologies: those with the potential to transform our sources of energy for every industry, region, and community.

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 co-lead for McKinsey Sustainability. How can climate technology help speed the transition to net zero?

Featured technology areas

  • Hydrogen
  • Batteries and energy storage
  • Sustainable fuels
  • CCUS & Carbon removals
  • Natural capital and nature
  • Green built environments
  • Renewables
  • Nuclear fission and fusion
  • Circular technologies
  • Alternative proteins and sustainable agriculture

Featured partnerships

Hydrogen Council

To help guide regulators, decision makers, and investors, we partnered with the Hydrogen Council to produce an ongoing series of reports on hydrogen investment, deployment, and cost competitiveness. These reports offer comprehensive perspectives on market deployment around the world as well as investment momentum and implications on the cost competitiveness of hydrogen solutions.

Long Duration Energy Storage Council

As a knowledge partner of the LDES Council, we are creating a series of new insights and reports to help accelerate the path to net-zero energy systems, from decarbonizing the grid with 24/7 clean power purchase agreements to long-duration energy storage for a renewable grid and net-zero heat.

Coalition for Negative Emissions

We partnered with the Coalition for Negative Emissions to research, write, and disseminate the case for negative emissions, an exhaustive analysis of negative emissions solutions and their centrality to achieving 1.5°-degree pathways.

Featured Experts

Dr. Benjamin Thaidigsmann

Expert
Benjamin holds a PhD in physics from Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Tübingen, focused on novel silicon back-contact solar cell structures. His previous experience focused on novel printing technologies for sodium-ion battery manufacturing, as well as at-scale production technology for automotive fuel-cell stacks. This background enables Ben to work shoulder-to-shoulder with clients with a technology background (such as engineers), and to bridge the gap between strategy and technical details.

Amy Wagner

Senior Expert and Associate Partner
Amy holds two masters in energy economics from Stanford University. Her previous experience includes work for engineering and regulatory-economics consulting firms; renewable, storage, and fuel-cell groups; and energy policy for local governments. Her deep expertise in regulatory strategy, energy markets, and decarbonization modelling allows her to understand technology interdependencies and opportunities for new innovative business models.

Masaru Tsuchiya

Associate Partner
Masaru holds a master’s and a PhD in materials science from Harvard University. He cofounded and led a venture-capital-backed fuel cell start-up, led multimillion dollar research on fuel cells, and authored multiple peer-reviewed publications. He works closely with clients to realize sustainability transformation and green growth, and brings deep expertise on topics such as semiconductors, renewables, battery, hydrogen, chemicals, and materials.

Evan Horetsky

Partner
Evan co-leads the McKinsey cross-functional battery team to help battery, sustainable tech, and BEV companies on their industrialization and scale-up journey at incredible scale, speed, and cost. Evan joined McKinsey as a senior executive with 15 years’ experience in EV batteries, autonomous vehicles, and sustainability, focused on reversing climate change. He previously led engineering, procurement, and construction for an EV company, planning battery factories across the world. He has also led projects in the solar and broader renewable space.

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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.

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.

FEATURED INSIGHTS

Article

The clean hydrogen opportunity for hydrocarbon-rich countries

– Hydrogen could play an important role in helping hard-to-abate sectors meet climate targets. Countries with hydrocarbon resources and industry expertise can help build and scale the needed technology.
Article

Accelerating green growth in the built environment

– The industries that make up the built environment are highly fragmented and slow to change. Creating green growth requires shifts... in how players design, build, operate, and decommission assets.
Article

Five charts on hydrogen’s role in a net-zero future

– Hydrogen has great potential as a carbon-free energy carrier. Here’s a look at the momentum behind this widely applicable technology.
Article

Will fusion energy help decarbonize the power system?

– Nuclear fusion has long been considered a near-impossible clean-energy solution. But technological advances—and the need... for a flexible zero-carbon power grid—have made fusion worth considering.
Article

Climate tech competitiveness: Can the United States raise its game?

– The United States has an opportunity to turn its innovation advantage in climate technologies into the basis for a thriving manufacturing... and export sector.
Article

Decarbonizing the grid with 24/7 clean power purchase agreements

– In the global struggle to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, renewable power is taking an ever-increasing share of generation capacity.... Yet the rise of wind and solar power is creating new challenges in managing the system.
Article

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.
Report

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.
Article

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.
Issue

Scaling EV infrastructure to meet net-zero targets

– Welcome to the October edition of Voices on Infrastructure, where we explore what it will take to scale electric-vehicle... (EV) infrastructure to meet net-zero targets.

In service of this goal, it has never been more important to expand the availability of publicly accessible EV chargers and accelerate the production of high-quality, cost-efficient, low-carbon batteries.
Article

How hydrogen combustion engines can contribute to zero emissions

– Hydrogen combustion engines can leverage existing technologies and provide a zero-emissions option for specific use cases while... supporting the growth of hydrogen infrastructure.
Blog Post

Carbon capture, use, and storage could create significant ‘negative emissions’ by 2030

– Capturing the CO2 produced by hard-to-abate sectors—such as cement and steel production—helps prevent it from being... released into the atmosphere.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Driving CO2 emissions to zero (and beyond) with carbon capture, use, and storage

– Any pathway to mitigate climate change requires the rapid reduction of CO2 emissions and negative-emissions technologies... to cut atmospheric concentrations. Technology and regulation will be the key.

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