Richard Tarboton

Director of Energy and Carbon


Richard Tarboton is Director of the Energy and Carbon programme at BT. His team have overall responsibility for BT’s energy and carbon strategy and for energy trading operations across all BT businesses. BT purchase 0.7% of the total energy supply in the UK and are the largest buyer of green electricity.

Richard’s team are managing a number of projects across BT to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon by 2016 from 1996 levels. BT has been ranked top of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index seven years running, and was awarded top sustainability company in the UK at the 2007 Business in the Community awards. Richard is also leading the BT wind project, which is the largest wind power project by a company outside the energy sector.

In 2006, Richard undertook a senior level secondment to the UK Government to lead the development of the Government’s climate change strategy for local authorities. Previously, as head of the transport energy business unit of the Energy Saving Trust, Richard delivered the environment transport programme for Government. In this role, he was responsible for leading government investments in low carbon vehicle technologies and for rolling out business services to fleets across the UK to reduce their carbon footprint.

Richard previously worked in strategy consulting for Arthur D Little and Navigant consulting, where he managed renewable energy projects for clients including Shell and BG group. He also served as Managing Director for Project WorldTalk; a social enterprise to help people in rural communities obtain internet based information over telephone.

Richard holds an MBA from Cranfield Business School UK, and an Engineering Degree (first class) from WITS, South Africa.