Insights on Sustainability


Nature in the balance: What companies can do to restore natural capital

– Specific corporate actions, many with a positive return on investment, could help reverse the trend of the depletion of natural capital.

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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.

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.

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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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Sustainability Blog

Quick takes on the business of sustainability from our experts at the forefront of today’s trends.

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Addressing the revolving door in risk

– As the field of risk management evolves, the value proposition for employees has to evolve as well.

Building digital platforms to enable advanced air mobility

– Advanced air mobility could revolutionize passenger transportation, and the digital platforms that support it must be equally... innovative.

Destination zero: An action plan for shipping CEOs

– The transition to zero carbon can be a value-generating opportunity for shipping companies—if they are proactive and purposeful,... rather than reactive and defensive.

Life-cycle accounting and cost optimization: How resource cleansheet analysis can help

– Resource cleansheet analysis offers manufacturing companies a unique new way to optimize their cost and carbon footprints in parallel.
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Sustainable and inclusive growth: A weekly briefing

– Hydrocarbon-rich countries might play a critical role in the proliferation of clean hydrogen. Our weekly digest of McKinsey insights... explores that topic and more.

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.

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.
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