We are taking STEPS towards a sustainable future!

STEPS kickoff in September 2016, with 19 industry partners, three academic partners and Region Skåne.

About the program:

STEPS Sustainable Plastics and Transition Pathways

This research program was initiated during autumn 2016 after being awarded the funding for Mistra´s call of proposals on “Plastics in a Sustainable Society”.

The program, with a strong support from important stakeholders, has a vision of a future society in which plastics are sustainably developed, produced, used and recycled in a circular economy. STEPS is planned in close dialogue with industrial partners, and thus reflects the market needs for sustainable plastic systems both on a short-term and long-term basis.

It is based on the concept of designing eco-friendly plastics having desired material properties and -life cycle by matching appropriate carbon-neutral building blocks and their derivatives. Major focus in the programme is on polyesters, which represent a plastics group with varying properties for wide range of applications and a sizable global market.

STEPS aims to play a key role in instigating and accelerating this sustainability transition by strengthening the knowledge and research base for technology- and product development and innovation, developing and assessing key niche products with industrial partners, and analysing the sustainability, institutional and policy implications of potential transition pathways.

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Who is who?


Christopher Folkeson-Welch

        MISTRA            Program Director

Board Members


Britt-Marie Bertilsson

Chair of the Board


Kristy-Barbara Lange

      Deputy MD     Regulatory Affairs European Bioplastics


Maria Gustafsson

Project Manager, SIS (Swedish Standards Institute)


Søren Hvilsted

Professor DTU/Danish Polymer Centre

Management Group


Rajni Hatti-Kaul

Program Director     Leader WP1          Professor Biotechnology   Lund University


Baozhong Zhang

   Leader WP2  Assoc.Professor  CAS / Lund University


Lars J Nilsson

Leader WP3        Professor   IMES / Lund University


Christian Hulteberg

Chemical Engineering / Lund University

Teis Hansen

Teis Hansen

Human Geography  Lund University

Åsa Hallden Björklund

Åsa Halldén Björklund

Perstorp Group

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Ellen Lindblad

Sysav Utveckling AB


Nicolas Rehnberg



Puneet Trehan

IKEA of Sweden


Johanna Generosi

Program           Coordinator           & Secretary          FSI / Lund University

External Communication


Katarina Elner-Haglund

ELNER Communication