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  • video Immediate and Long-Term Advantage in Sustainability

    Immediate and Long-Term Advantage in Sustainability

    Daniel Mahler, A.T. Kearney’s coordinator of client sustainability, discusses why clients choose A.T. Kearney for their sustainability projects.

  • The Call for Clean Water

    The Call for Clean Water

    A multi-stakeholder partnership of companies, government, and non-governmental organizations must help address South Africa's water issues.

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    Water collecting in abandoned mines mixes with iron pyrite and oxygen to create sulphuric acid. This water is highly acidic, which allows it to absorb heavy metals. This is what we know as acid mine drainage, or AMD water. Flowing from abandoned mines, coal discard dumps, slurry dams, and waste rock dumps, AMD poses one of the most serious threats to our environment. The quality and availability of residential, industrial, and agricultural water supplies are all threatened. This is an urgent challenge.

    AMD does not have to be a problem. The water can be treated to produce drinkable quality, and the polluting elements can be turned into useful products. However, finding a way to finance a solution that balances the rights and obligations of all the parties involved has proved extremely difficult.

    Water is regarded as a human right in South Africa, secured by the constitution. Protecting this right means making affordable water available to everyone. While there are simple technical solutions available for cleaning AMD water, these incur significant costs. Combining the need for low-cost universal access to water with fully-funded solutions has complicated the implementation of treatment processes.

    The government has yet to find a way to structure and finance its own comprehensive solution to the problem. And, despite the best efforts of the dozens of parties active in this area, from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to mining companies, none has had the combined scale, resources, and credibility to fully resolve the issue.

  • Sustainable Transportation Ecosystem

    Sustainable Transportation Ecosystem

    World Economic Forum, April 2012

    This report by the World Economic Forum and A.T. Kearney offers guiding principles for achieving environmental sustainability in transportation.


  • eMobility: The Long Road to a Billion-Dollar Business

    eMobility: The Long Road to a Billion-Dollar Business

    Before long, electronic mobility will be a strategic necessity. For new entrants, what is the most profitable eMobility business model?

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    The first series-produced vehicles are bringing the concept of eMobility home to drivers, while underlying political conditions are quickly being established. Against this backdrop, the question for new entrants is: Which eMobility business model is the most profitable?

    The eMobility ecosystem consists of four interactive segments—vehicles, infrastructure, providers, and regulations and subsidies—each contributing to the overall system and possessing its own opportunities and risks. The pivotal success factor is for all segments to have profitable business models and the right players. If even a single component is missing, development of the overall ecosystem will come to a standstill.

  • Cross-Industry Project Management Practices

    Cross-Industry Project Management Practices

    Renewable Energy World, May/June 2011

    Managing new construction projects on budget and on time is critical for determining the cost competitiveness of renewable energy.


  • The Race Is On for Chemical Companies

    The Race Is On for Chemical Companies

    Long-term success in chemicals depends on identifying future growth segments, including cleantech.

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  • New Kids on the Block

    New Kids on the Block

    Renewable Energy World, September/October 2010

    A.T. Kearney offers a strategic rationale for utility investments in distributed, renewable energy technologies.


  • A Focused Journey to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

    A Focused Journey to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

    SupplyChainBrain, 25 August 2010

    Development of an internal carbon-reduction program provides insights for all corporate sustainability programs.


  • Solar Thermal Electricity 2025

    Solar Thermal Electricity 2025

    Solar thermal energy (STE) will soon be viable as a renewable energy source—challenging conventional and other renewable sources.


  • Sustainability: A Product Life-Cycle Approach

    Sustainability: A Product Life-Cycle Approach

    For consumer goods companies, sustainability must be a cradle-to-grave process.

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  • Supplier Carbon Management

    Supplier Carbon Management

    Procurement Leaders, 11 February 2010

    How to drive carbon reductions through supplier relationships—from better training to improved metrics.


  • Innovation, Sustainability, and Complexity

    Innovation, Sustainability, and Complexity

    The 2009 meeting of the European Best Innovator Club examined how innovation can help meet the sustainability challenge.

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  • Reuse, Recycle, and Reduce Complexity

    Reuse, Recycle, and Reduce Complexity

    Sustainable Complexity Reduction can cut complexity while also capturing environmental and social benefits.

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  • Fuel-Thrifty, Clean, Electric

    Fuel-Thrifty, Clean, Electric

    Sustainability is set to reshape the automotive industry. Which technology will become the powertrain of the future?

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