EnergySourceJul 18, 2022
For Africa, economic growth and sustainability intersect
By William Tobin, Maia Sparkman
African countries stand to benefit greatly from the development of their gas resources. Doing so would increase emissions minimally in the immediate term while creating the market conditions and the infrastructure necessary for the expansive deployment of renewables.
EnergySourceMay 31, 2022
Obscured by the energy crisis, a food crisis unfolds
By Reed Blakemore, Maia Sparkman
Efforts to grapple with an energy crisis brought on by Russia's invasion of Ukraine have drowned out a similar emergency facing global food supply. Food security, already being impacted by the adverse effects of climate change, cannot be forgotten as the world pursues a transition to net-zero.
EnergySourceMay 3, 2022
Transatlantic cooperation on green steel: Building effective standards
By Kelsey Forren, Maia Sparkman
Plenty of work has already been done to develop comprehensive transatlantic standards on green steel. When choosing from these options, policymakers should keep certain priorities in mind.
Maia Sparkman is an assistant director with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, where she focuses primarily on the Transatlantic Climate Policy Project. Prior to joining Atlantic Council, Sparkman worked at the Environmental Defense Fund where she supported the Climate Corps Fellowship to accelerate a clean energy future. She has also spent time working on decarbonizing brewing production at a local brewery in Massachusetts where she identified opportunities for emissions reductions. Additionally, she spent time at InterAction, where she supported advocacy projects to meet climate-related Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement goals. Previously, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia where she worked on community resilience building in the face of climate change. Maia holds a BA in environmental studies from Seattle University and an MS in environmental science and policy from Clark University.