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.
Who is who?
MISTRA Program Director
Chair of the Board
Deputy MD Regulatory Affairs European Bioplastics
Project Manager, SIS (Swedish Standards Institute)
Professor DTU/Danish Polymer Centre
Program Director Leader WP1 Professor Biotechnology Lund University
Leader WP2 Assoc.Professor CAS / Lund University
Lars J Nilsson
Leader WP3 Professor IMES / Lund University
Chemical Engineering / Lund University
Human Geography Lund University
Åsa Halldén Björklund
Sysav Utveckling AB
IKEA of Sweden
Program Coordinator & Secretary FSI / Lund University