As Managing Director, Lewis oversees strategic development, program implementation, and staff management at Hot or Cool. Previously, Lewis has served as Executive Director of SEED, founded as a UN partnership at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development to promote entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Prior to that, he was Director for Sustainable Consumption and Production at the think tank Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. He has consulted with organizations including United Nations agencies, the Asian and African Development Banks, the European Commission, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and has served as technical or science-policy adviser to several national government delegations, including Finland, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, Hungary. Lewis conceived and led the 1.5-Degree Lifestyles project, analysing potential contribution of lifestyle changes to the aspirational 1.5 °C target under the Paris Agreement on climate change. He co-lead the United Nations One Planet programme on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education. He has an M.Sc. Sustainable Resource Management (Technical University Munich, Germany) and a Ph.D. Political Economy (University of Helsinki, Finland).
Research Highlights and Accomplishments
- 1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Targets and Options for Reducing Lifestyle Carbon Footprints. Technical Report. (Lead author) Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Aalto University, and D-mat ltd. 2019. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Hayama, Japan.
- Ossified materialism: introduction to the special volume on absolute reductions in materials throughput and emissions. Akenji, L., Magnus Bengtsson, Raimund Bleischwitz, Arnold Tukker, Heinz Schandle. 2016. Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 132, 20 Sept. 2016, Pages 1–12. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.03.071
- Making Sustainable Consumption and Production the Core of Sustainable Development Goals. Akenji, L., & Bengtsson, M. 2014. Sustainability, 6(2), 513–529. doi:10.3390/su6020513
- Consumer Scapegoatism and Limits to Green Consumerism. Akenji, Lewis, 2013. Journal of Cleaner Production, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.05.022
- Circular Economy and Plastics: A Gap-Analysis in ASEAN Member States. Akenji, L.; Bengtsson, M.; Kato, M.; Hengesbaugh, M.; Hotta, Y.; Aoki-Suzuki, C.; Gamaralalage, P.J.D. & Liu, C. (2019) Brussels: European Commission Directorate General for Environment and Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, Jakarta: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Plastics
- A Framework For Shaping Sustainable Lifestyles: Determinants and Strategies. Akenji, L. and Huizhen Chen. 2016. United Nations Environment Programme, Paris. Accessed from: http://www.scpclearinghouse.org/resource/framework-shaping-sustainable-lifestyles-determinants-and-strategies
- Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Handbook for Policy Makers. Global Edition. Lewis Akenji, Magnus Bengtsson, Emily Briggs, Anthony Chiu, Giuseppe Daconto, Zinaida Fadeeva, Stefanos Fotiou, Rajan Gandhi, Charlie Mathews, Graciela Metternicht, Brahmanand Mohanty, Janet Salem, Janya Sang-Arun, Tunnie Srisakulchairak, Heinz Schandl, Mario Tabucanon (2015). United Nations Environment Programme.
- Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia — Aligning Human Development and Environmental Protection in International Development Cooperation. Akenji, L., Magnus Bengtsson, and Patrick Schroeder. 2017. In Sustainable Asia: Supporting the Transition to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asian Developing Countries. Pg 17 – 43. World Scientific Publishing. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/9789814730914_0002
- Household time use, carbon footprints, and urban form: a review of the potential contributions of everyday living to the 1.5 °C climate target. Wiedenhofer, D., Smetschka, B., Akenji, L., Jalas, M., & Haberl, H. 2018. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2018.02.007
- Improved modelling of lifestyle changes in Integrated Assessment Models: Cross-disciplinary insights from methodologies and theories. Nicole J. van den Berg, Andries F. Hof, Lewis Akenji, Oreane Y. Edelenboschde Mariësse A. E. van Sluisveld, Vanessa J. Timmer, Detlef P. van Vuuren. 2019. Energy Strategy Reviews, Vol. 26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2019.100420
- Static analysis of technical and economic energy-saving potential in the residential sector of Xiamen city. Guo, F., Akenji, L., Schroeder, P., Bengtsson, M. 2017. Energy Volume 142, 1 January 2018, Pages 373-383. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2017.10.042