Richard Bolt

Principal, Nous Group, founding Steering Committee member, Net Zero Australia

Richard Bolt is a Principal of Nous Group, through which he is a member of the Net Zero Australia (NZAu) Steering Committee. NZAu is a partnership of the universities of Melbourne, Queensland and Princeton with Nous, and has published Australia’s most rigorous, granular and transparent analysis of pathways to net zero.

NZAu modelled the decarbonisation of Australia’s energy exports as well as its domestic emissions, and considered how export decarbonisation can be mobilised in collaboration with our trading partners.

Richard is also independent Chair of a taskforce to commercialise clean hydrogen exports from Victoria to Japan, having chaired the Steering Committee which reached agreement on the successful $500m pilot project.

Richard is also Chairman of Hydro Tasmania (which supplies renewable electricity to export commodity producers amongst other users), adviser to the NSW government on the design and delivery of its renewable energy rollout (the ‘Roadmap’), and a member of the Climate Change Authority.

Richard previously led three Victorian government departments over twelve years, covering the portfolios of energy and resources, primary industries, education and training, economic development, employment and transport. He has degrees in electrical engineering and public policy and management. The clean energy transition is the longest thread through his career.