Insights on Sustainability

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A devilish duality: How CEOs can square resilience with net-zero promises

– Amid turbulence on the path to net zero, leaders will have to be much nimbler to balance resilience with an energy future that is secure, affordable, and clean. Five actions can help.

Net-zero heat: Long-duration energy storage to accelerate energy system decarbonization

– Thermal energy storage has the potential to greatly contribute to decarbonizing global heat and power, while helping to ensure... the energy system operates affordably, reliably, and efficiently.

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.

The new imperative for green commodities

– The energy and materials transition is reshaping the strategic toolbox of commodity producers. Seven actions can help them master... the transition.

Playing offense to create Nordic sustainability champions

– Nordic companies are uniquely positioned to lead the world in combating climate change, potentially creating a Nordic Silicon... Valley of sustainability.

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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

Insights on the net-zero transition

Reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 – and thus limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels – would involve profound economic and societal shifts. McKinsey analysis offers a window into what it would take across sectors and regions.

Green Africa Series

As a result of its high exposure and vulnerability to climate hazards, a third of the people considered most at risk in the world live in Africa.

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Beyond the bottle: Solutions for recycling challenging plastics

– As demand for recycled content accelerates and the economics of recycling reaches a new level, there is an opportunity to bring... challenging plastics into the recycling stream.

Electric vehicles are here and large-scale adoption is … near?

– You might expect electric vehicles to be more popular, with gas prices and sustainability concerns so high. But barriers to widespread... adoption remain. Here’s what companies must do to topple them.

The link between climate and national security

– Former Netherlands chief of defense Tom Middendorp, the “climate general,” discusses efforts to decarbonize defense... forces and the security risks that could be heightened by climate change.

What is net zero?

– Net zero is an ideal state where the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) released into the earth’s atmosphere is balanced... by the amount of GHGs removed. Decarbonization efforts are needed to reach net zero.

Managing financed emissions: How banks can support the net-zero transition

– Banks finance carbon-emitting businesses, and they finance decarbonization of the economy, as well. How effectively they address... financed emissions can make all the difference.

Author Talks: An investor’s guide to the net-zero transition

– Investor and Columbia Business School professor Bruce Usher explains the investment opportunities that will arise as demand for... climate solutions propels business into a new era of sustainability.
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Sustainable and inclusive growth: A weekly briefing

– Zero-emissions trucking is on the horizon—what’s the road map for getting there? Our weekly digest of McKinsey insights... explores that topic and more.

Making crops more resilient to drought risk

– Up to 14 percent of rain-fed cropland has suffered from moderate to extreme levels of drought in 2022. Here’s what organizations... can do to build resilience.

Making everyday products greener

– Transition to greener products may be challenging, but it’s feasible. However, achieving scale will be a significant hurdle... in a world where demand for green materials will soon outstrip supply if targets and commitments are taken seriously.

Preparing the world for zero-emission trucks

– The mainstay vehicles of commercial road transport will soon benefit from cost-effective, zero-emission horsepower.
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Forward Thinking on the fragility of the world’s food systems and how to fix them with Jessica Fanzo

– Many people think that hunger and climate change happen to poor people in faraway countries and won’t affect them, says... a leading food systems expert. “But that is a naïve perception of the world.”
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