Managing Director & Senior Partner
Cornelius Pieper is a managing director and partner at Boston Consulting Group. He joined in 2004 and is a core member of the Industrial Goods and Social Impact practices. He co-leads BCG’s Center for Climate & Sustainability, supporting clients globally with the transition to a low-carbon economy.
At BCG, Cornelius has worked mostly with clients in engineering, machinery and components, and in the rail industry. He has deep expertise on green energy, battery technology, energy storage, and Smart Home/building technology. He serves as the global sustainability node for BCG’s Industrial Goods practice and leads our work on batteries and energy storage.
The window for developing the new technologies needed to slow global warming will soon close. Stakeholder ecosystems can help bring these essential tools to market quickly.
The market for the equipment and industrial systems needed to limit global warning will total $27 trillion through 2040—a huge opportunity for the companies involved.
A major international initiative aims to cut carbon emissions by guaranteeing demand for new breakthrough technologies in hard-to-abate industries such as steel, transportation, and concrete.
The companies that connect manufacturers, retailers, and consumers in multiple sectors are in an unmatched position to advance and implement circular solutions for end-of-life products.
The pace of the energy transition is increasing, offering plenty of room for businesses to improve the sustainability of their operations and make their strategy and competitive offerings stand out.
Companies have plenty of “will” but much less “way” when it comes to climate and sustainability innovation readiness.
Net-zero commitments are long-term pledges—but meeting them requires action today. BCG experts explain what CEOs need to do this year on climate.
Understanding the challenges can help other players in the circular economy.
Unless companies’ climate targets align with the latest science, they won’t be sufficient. Leaders must embrace bold action internally, within their value chains, and beyond.
Yet we also see a window of opportunity for those that move quickly to implement fundamental process changes and begin the transition to carbon neutrality.
By gaining deeper insights into the status and efficacy of their climate initiatives, companies can accelerate efforts across the value chain.
Exactly how the world will reach net zero is unknown, but at a macro level the science and economics define a pretty clear path. Given the magnitude of value at stake during the transition, many leaders are concluding that inaction may be the riskiest strategy of all.