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Peter Cooper
Peter Cooper
McKinsey & Company
Associate Partner


Peter Cooper is an Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability Practice. He is passionate about achieving global decarbonization in a way that has positive socio-economic benefits for individuals in society. As a result, his work focuses on areas at the intersection of the public and private sectors. This includes highly regulated emerging technologies like carbon removal, city-level climate mitigation and adaptation, and the design of national transition pathways that contribute to high-quality green jobs and a lower cost of living. Cooper’s experience includes supporting governments, transnational organizations, investors, major corporations, and high-growth start-ups. He has led much of the firm’s sustainability research, including “Climate Risk and Response,” McKinsey’s largest ever research piece on the socio-economic impacts of climate change. He also is a leader in PRISM, McKinsey’s initiative to increase the socio-economic diversity of the company and its clients. Prior to McKinsey, Cooper spent nearly five years with Arup, where he worked across the globe on projects to drive a more sustainably built environment. He is a civil engineer and holds an engineering doctorate from the University of Bristol with a concentration on smart cities as well as an MEng in engineering design from the University of Bristol.

Areas of expertise

Supporting governments, Transnational organizations, Investors and major corporations

Group Overview

McKinsey aspires to be our profession’s preeminent impact partner and advisor on sustainability, climate, energy transition, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG)—from the board room to the engine room. We are working with clients to lead a wave of innovation and economic growth that safeguards our planet and advances sustainability. McKinsey is “in the arena” with our clients, and wants to be a leading catalyst for global decarbonization. We’re working to help all industry sectors transform to reach net zero by 2050, balanced with other sustainability goals and tailored to regional contexts. We do this by leveraging our thought leadership, innovative tools and solutions, top talent, and a vibrant ecosystem of industry associations and knowledge platforms focused on innovating to net zero.

Firm Overview

Accelerating sustainable and inclusive growth McKinsey believes that for all people to prosper, economies must grow. Today, a new era of growth is possible; one that doesn’t treat growth and positive societal impact as opposing forces. There was a time when economic growth, sustainability, and inclusion were seen as trade-offs, but leaders today need to achieve all three. This new paradigm of growth will be more sustainable, driving innovation while reducing environmental impact. It will also be more inclusive, creating access to opportunities for people worldwide. This is not an easy task, but McKinsey’s ambition is to help organizations and their leaders make it a reality. Every day, around the world, McKinsey partners with their clients to set bold strategies, unlock the potential of their people, embed transformative technologies in everything they do, and innovate sustainably. The impact McKinsey delivers helps clients achieve enduring change in their capabilities and performance—and speeds up the transition to sustainable and inclusive growth. McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm. They are the trusted advisor to the world's leading businesses, governments, and institutions. McKinsey works with leading organizations across the private, public and social sectors. Our scale, scope, and knowledge allow us to address problems that no one else can. McKinsey has deep functional and industry expertise as well as breadth of geographical reach. They are passionate about taking on immense challenges that matter to our clients and, often, to the world. McKinsey works with our clients as we do with our colleagues. They build their capabilities and leadership skills at every level and every opportunity. McKinsey does this to help build internal support, get to real issues, and reach practical recommendations. They bring out the capabilities of clients to fully participate in the process and lead the ongoing work.