U.S. Public Sector Climate Change Leader, Deloitte
Richard Longstaff leverages his 25-year career in natural resources management, improving public sector governance and accelerating public-private investment to help clients accelerate their transition to, and support for, a carbon-neutral economy.
Longstaff’s success helping economies and governments in over 40 countries and states to streamline themselves from legacy energy, natural resource and governance systems to models more efficient, flexible and market-centric shows that with an appropriate mix of tools, resources and political will, large-scale changes are not only possible, but can also be a catalyst for a wide variety of key reforms.
Anticipating the central role climate change is playing in the Biden administration, Longstaff built a Deloitte team uniquely qualified for and positioned to bring a whole-of-government approach to addressing the challenges of climate action. This approach, anchored by Deloitte’s Climate Action Framework, helps the firm’s public sector clients to streamline the process of identifying, prioritizing, resourcing and implementing key climate initiatives.
By tapping into Deloitte’s experience across commercial and public sectors, analytics, technology and climate science, Longstaff and the Deloitte team use scalable tools and solutions to tackle the central challenges of climate action and deliver measurable results.
Longstaff is enthusiastic about leading Deloitte’s efforts to bring innovative solutions to complex public sector climate challenges. This includes leveraging the private sector to achieve public sector goals, championing financing as an enabler of change, working to accelerate new climate technologies to market, and championing environmental justice by streamlining the process of engaging and partnering with local communities.
He and his team believe the foundations they are helping their clients lay today will help define and drive the resilience of the public sector for many years to come.