Insights on Sustainability

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Does ESG really matter—and why?

– Although valid questions have been raised about ESG, the need for companies to understand and address their externalities is likely to become essential to maintaining their social license.

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.

Spotting green business opportunities in a surging net-zero world

– Explore how 8 industries may transition to reach a 2050 net-zero scenario, and how organizations can respond with new green businesses... that create value along the way.
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How climate action can help deliver EU energy security

– Governments can act now to accelerate the energy transition in Europe to both improve the continent’s long-term energy security... and reduce emissions.

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

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Voice of the US farmer in 2022: Innovating through uncertainty

– A McKinsey survey shows that growers are embracing new products and technologies to manage market unpredictability.
Interview - Learn to Leap: Green Business Building Edition #7

How a Spanish scale-up became a leader in green energy

– Holaluz cofounder Carlota Pi Amorós details her ambition for the start-up to become a decentralized energy-as-a-service... green-tech company.

Sustainability in packaging: Five key levers for significant impact

– Our survey reveals a strong commitment to sustainability in packaging, but few organizations are on track to meet these goals. We... suggest five levers to get companies back on track.
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Sustainable and inclusive growth: A weekly briefing

– Could decarbonized shipping routes help cargo vessels go green? Our weekly digest of McKinsey insights explores that topic and... more.

Green corridors could lead the way to zero-carbon shipping. But how can they become a reality?

– A new report by the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping in collaboration with McKinsey lays out... a blueprint to assess the feasibility of green corridors.

Net-zero Spain: Europe’s decarbonization hub

– Spain can reach net-zero emissions by 2050 through a society-wide effort that leverages the country’s natural endowments... and new technologies to unlock sustainable and inclusive growth.

Green infrastructure: Could public land unlock private investment?

– Emerging economies need the private sector to help fund green infrastructure initiatives. Access to public land can be structured... to make those investments more attractive.

How carbon markets can help Malaysia achieve its climate targets

– Malaysia has the opportunity to not just meet its climate targets but also support the world through additional sequestration.... Acting now to scale carbon markets could help.

The green IT revolution: A blueprint for CIOs to combat climate change

– Research shows that the most impact on IT-generated emissions can be found in unexpected places.

Capturing the climate opportunity in insurance

– The world’s transition to net-zero emissions will cost trillions of dollars and present new kinds of risks. Here’s... the role insurers can play.

Climate and insurance: How carriers are preparing for a net-zero future

– Decarbonization means a new risk landscape and new strategic skill sets for insurers. McKinsey subject matter experts from around... the world discuss the shifts they’re seeing and the road ahead.
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