About us

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
Lund University


Baozhong Zhang

Leader WP2
Lund University


Lars J Nilsson

Leader WP3
Lund University

Christian Hulteberg_Senior lecturer_Department of Chemical Engineeringv2

Christian Hulteberg

Leader WP1
Chemical Engineering
Lund University

Teis Hansen

Teis Hansen

Leader WP3
Human Geography
Lund University

Åsa Halldén Björklund_Technical Market Development Manager_Perstorp

Åsa Halldén Björklund

Leader WP2

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Ellen Lindblad

Leader WP3
Sysav Utveckling AB


Nicolas Rehnberg

Leader WP1

John J Jensen_Modified

John P Jensen

Leader WP1
Nordic Sugar

Linda Zellner_Director of Innovation -Materials, Feed & Food_Perstorp

Linda Zellner

Leader WP2

Ellen Palm_PhD_Environmental and Energy Systems Studies_Lund University

Ellen Palm

Leader WP3
Lund University


Johanna Generosi

Program Coordinator
Lund University

External Communication


Katarina Elner-Haglund

ELNER Communication


STEPS in media

STEPS is a research program of great interest for all parts in the Society. One important mission in the program is to communicate developments and finding on different levels.
Here you can find some of the information published in media.