This report, Resource Revolution: Meeting the world’s energy, materials, food, and water needs, looks in detail at this critical challenge. It aims to offer new insights into how demand for resources has evolved and how it is likely to develop over the next 20 years.
It analyzes how demand can be met through expanded supply and higher resource productivity with innovation potentially playing a central role as new technologies scale up across resource systems. It discusses the major resource and environmental risks and quantifies options for addressing them. The report also examines what policy makers and the private sector might do to overcome potential resource constraints.
Dobbs, R., Oppenheim, J., Thompson, F., Brinkman, M. and Zornes, M. 2011. Resource Revolution: Meeting the world’s energy, materials, food, and water needs. McKinsey Global Institute. McKinsey Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice