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A collection of insights from McKinsey’s Sustainability and Travel, Logistics & Infrastructure practices to help transportation stakeholders realize their carbon zero aspirations.

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Survey

Opportunities for industry leaders as new travelers take to the skies

– A new global survey points to a greener future for air travel.
Report

Green corridors: A lane for zero-carbon shipping

– Zero-emission fuels and vessels will need to start being deployed at scale over the next decade to achieve full decarbonization... of the shipping sector by 2050. This ambitious goal could be catalyzed by green corridors.
Article

Built to last: Making sustainability a priority in transport infrastructure

– Every year, trillions of dollars are invested in the infrastructure that helps us—and our goods—get around. What will... it take to move the transport infrastructure industry toward carbon zero?

Travel

Collection

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
Blog Post

Critical insights on the path to a net-zero aviation sector

– Dramatically reducing CO2 emissions by 2050 in the aviation industry will not be easy, but advanced modeling shows... that it is possible—with the right ambition and investment.
Report

From farm to sky: Feedstocks fuel India’s path to cleaner skies

– A report from McKinsey and the World Economic Forum examines how India is deploying sustainable aviation fuels at scale.
Report

Scaling sustainable aviation fuel today for clean skies tomorrow

– The move to sustainable aviation is now an imperative.
Article

How airlines can chart a path to zero-carbon flying

– The coronavirus crisis will transform aviation, giving airlines their best chance yet to address climate change. Sustainable fuels... are a key part of that strategy.
Article

Taxiing for takeoff: The flying cab in your future

– How big is the potential market for personal air mobility, and what will it take to develop it successfully?

Logistics

Collection

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
Report

Charting global shipping’s path to zero carbon

– A knowledge partnership between the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping and McKinsey explores what it... will take for the maritime industry to decarbonize.
Article

Bold moves to boost European rail freight

– Europe’s big aspiration to reverse the decline of its rail freight industry will require significant effort, with substantial... investment and smart thinking. Governments and industry players can help to achieve this goal, as there are examples of success to draw on and some key levers to pull.
Interview

Shipping and carbon zero: An interview with Bo Cerup-Simonsen

– The CEO of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping explains what it will take for the industry... to decarbonize.
Blog Post

What will it take to green seven of the hardest-to-abate industries?

– Working with the Mission Possible Partnership, McKinsey is helping to reduce carbon emissions in shipping, aviation, steel, and... other areas.
Blog Post

Driving the difference: Cars, trucks, and the road to net zero

– Mobility contributes around 20 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions. Decarbonizing transport can play a critical role in... the green transition, and collaboration across hard-to-abate sectors will be key to meeting net-zero targets.
Article

Efficient and sustainable last-mile logistics: Lessons from Japan

– Delivery droids may be the solution to keep costs and environmental impact low, if stakeholders collaborate to pave the way.

Infrastructure

Article

Building the electric-vehicle charging infrastructure America needs

– The United States needs many more EV-charging stations—and federal funds for them are coming. Seven principles could help... US states and companies accelerate this buildout effectively.
Article

Fostering an inclusive urban-transit system

– How can we make traveling in cities safer and more comfortable for members of at-risk groups?

Knowledge partnerships

McKinsey works with leading institutions to develop distinctive thought leadership and convene partnerships that tackle problems that any one institution alone could not. We bring the best of our firm’s knowledge, expertise, and analysis to identify innovative solutions.

World Economic Forum (WEF)

We have partnered with WEF on scaling sustainability solutions across a number of sectors, including agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and mobility. In a recent collaboration for the report “Nature and Net Zero,” we explore the role that natural climate solutions can play in helping to address climate change and the destruction of nature.

Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM)

TSVCM was launched by Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance Advisor to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for COP26, and is sponsored by the Institute of International Finance with knowledge and advisory support from McKinsey. In a recent report, the taskforce examines what it would take to strengthen voluntary carbon markets so they can support climate action and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees on a large scale.

COP26 Portfolio Alignment Team

Launched by the COP26 Private Finance Hub at the direction of Mark Carney, we supported this consortium of 11 leading financial institutions in creating a report that details emerging best practice in the development of tools to measure the alignment of financial portfolios with climate goals.

World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

McKinsey provided analytical insights and support to WBCSD’s Value Chain Carbon Transparency Pathfinder: a new initiative dedicated to enabling widespread exchange of primary carbon emissions data. This effort is focused on developing an infrastructure to decarbonize industry through data transparency for scope 3 emissions.

Mission Possible Partnership

As a lead partner of the Mission Possible Partnership, we’re addressing one of sustainability’s toughest challenges: decarbonizing the world’s hardest-to-abate sectors (heavy-duty road transport, aviation, shipping, steel, aluminum, cement, and chemicals).

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