The McKinsey Week in Charts

War and the net-zero transition

The war in Ukraine is affecting global trade and could complicate the net-zero transition. Ukraine and Russia have significant shares of global trade in many commodities, including key minerals such as copper, nickel, and silicon. These materials are essential inputs to four of the most important net-zero technologies: onshore and offshore wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles, and battery storage.

To read the article, see “The net-zero transition in the wake of the war in Ukraine: A detour, a derailment, or a different path?,” May 19, 2022.



Charging for charges

For electric vehicles to go mainstream, the United States will need to build an extensive network of charging solutions, growing from the approximate 100,000 public chargers currently accessible to about 1.2 million by 2030. We estimate that will cost more than $38 billion, over five times more than the USD 7.5 billion specified for public charging stations in the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

To read the article, see “Can the automotive industry scale fast enough?,” May 12, 2022


Supporting the well-being of frontline workers

Frontline workers ranked greater recognition for their work and more breaks as helpful for well-being, according to a McKinsey survey of nurses in six countries. The increased availability of mental-health resources, however, was not perceived as important, with surveyed nurses across all geographies ranking it lowest among the top effective support initiatives.

To read the article, see “Around the world, nurses say meaningful work keeps them going,” May 12, 2022.


The revolution is digital

The COVID-19 pandemic led to rapid and extreme digitization in many sectors, as organizations moved from technology enablement of legacy operations to full digitization. Meanwhile, 85 percent of respondents to a 2020 global survey of executives said their businesses have accelerated use of technologies to enable digital employee collaboration.

To read the article, see “Fueling digital operations with analog data,” April 20, 2022.