Insights on Sustainability & Resource Productivity

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A framework for fostering effective energy transitions

– The new Energy Transition Index looks at 114 countries’ energy systems’ performance and transition readiness.
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Booming cities, unintended consequences

– Roadways clogged by commercial vehicles and intense competition for affordable housing are imposing costs on prosperous cities... and their most vulnerable residents.
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Hawaii’s quest to become a low-carbon leader

– A decade ago, the state decided to make its energy system cleaner and greener. How is it doing?
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What a teardown of the latest electric vehicles reveals about the future of mass-market EVs

– McKinsey and A2Mac1 analyzed design choices that can help pave the way to profitable mass-market EVs.
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What every utility CEO should know about blockchain

– Blockchain technology can streamline transactions along the utility value chain. Here is a look at six emerging applications.

The future of mobility

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The future of commercial mobility

How to improve mobility and make our cities cleaner, greener, more livable, and efficient.

Featured publications

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McKinsey on Sustainability & Resource Productivity, Number 5

– The articles in this publication suggest a powerful momentum behind energy, mobility and sustainability transitions, to the benefit... of business and society.
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The circular economy: Moving from theory to practice

– A special collection of articles about the transition taking place as companies use circular-economy concepts to capture more... value from resources and to provide customers with better experiences.
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Unlocking Industrial Resource Productivity: 5 Core Beliefs to Increase Profits through Energy, Material, and Water Efficiency

– This book explains how companies can adopt new ways of thinking to transform their operations for greater efficiency.

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Why the future of commercial battery storage is bright

– Many commercial and industrial users can already save money.
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How battery storage can help charge the electric-vehicle market

– People are reluctant to buy electric vehicles because of concerns about charging. But public, fast-charging infrastructure is... not yet widely available or profitable. There is a way to resolve that conundrum.
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Why commercial use could be the future of carbon capture

– Emerging technologies point toward a variety of practical—and profitable—industrial applications for carbon dioxide.... That could also be good for the planet.
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Sustainability’s deepening imprint

– Companies are more active than ever in pursuing sustainability to align with values and engage stakeholders, a new survey shows.... To see financial returns, though, integrating sustainability into core functions is key.
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Readiness for agricultural transformation

– What makes a country ready to implement a good agricultural transformation plan?
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Successful agricultural transformations: Six core elements of planning and delivery

– How can countries increase their odds of a successful rural transformation?
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A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future

– The clothing industry’s take-make-dispose model has large economic, environmental, and social costs. A transformation based... on circular-economy principles could lead to better outcomes.
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Hydrogen: The next wave for electric vehicles?

– Battery electric vehicles are making headlines, but fuel cells are gaining momentum—with good reason. Hydrogen could play a vital... role in the renewable-energy system and in future mobility.
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A strategic approach to climate action in cities—focused acceleration

– Prioritizing efforts in four areas could help cities achieve 90 to 100 percent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030.
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Rethinking the workplace: Flexibility, fairness, and enlightened automation

– People aren’t powerless in the face of new technologies; the future of work is up to us.
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Public–private collaborations for transforming urban mobility

– Partnerships that let cities take advantage of new mobility services should make urban transportation more accessible, affordable,... and efficient.

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