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STEPS is a research program with a vision of a future society where plastics are sustainably produced, used and recycled

STEPS goal is to facilitate this transition by sharing innovation, knowledge and findings between academia, industry and society. STEPS partners include Lund University, Swedish Agricultural University, Swerea IVF, and 18 industrial partners and County council of Scania county of Sweden representing the entire value chains in a sustainable plastics system.

STEPS is looking for sustainable solutions throughout the value chain from renewable feedstock, conversion and design to post-consumer plastic waste handling. STEPS concept is to design sustainable plastics with desired material properties and life-cycle by matching suitable carbon-neutral building blocks.

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WP1 has focus on production of polyester building blocks from renewable feedstocks including surplus biomass streams and carbon dioxide. Importance is given to issues such as feedstock security, and clean and cost-efficient process technologies for transformation and product recovery.

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WP2 combines suitable bio-based building blocks from WP1 to produce “drop-in” as well as novel poly-esters that will be characterized and evaluated for target applications such as fibres, coatings, packaging and films. Modified natural polymers are also evaluated as components in plastic formualtions. Key features of the polyesters would be improved barrier properties and thermal stability, recyclability or complete biodegradability.

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WP3 has the main task to assess potential transition pathways to develop research-based advice on policy and industrial strategies for sustainability in the longer term. Governance and policy implications for a circular plastics economy are addressed, including social dimensions and the roles and responsibilities of key actors.

 

COMMUNICATION

Pathways to sustainable plastics
– A discussion brief

A short introduction to STEPS research programme

What is plastic?

Listen to WP2 leader Linda Zellner, Director of Innovation – Materials, Feed & Food at Perstorp (in Swedish)

NEWS

STEPS Programme Meeting Spring 2018
STEPS programme meeting took place on the 19th of April, 2018 in the historical halls of Hypoteket in Lund. It
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STEPS workshop on improved recycling
                STEPS WP3 workshop on improved recycling with invited speakers Jenny Ivarsson and Johanna Eriksson
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Regional Perspectives on Sustainable Chemistry Innovation and the Global Chemicals Outlook II
Rajni Hatti-Kaul was invited to a regional expert workshop on 26-27 March 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany on “Regional Perspectives on
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Study visit at Swerea IVF
Swerea IVF hosted a study visit for STEPS partners who had the opportunity to visit the labs and listen to
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STEPS meets LEGO
A delegation of STEPS visited LEGO Sustainable Material Division! LEGO is a fascinated company that is putting huge efforts in developing
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IKEA hosts STEPS board meeting
STEPS board meeting took place at Ikea’s office in Älmhult. Our host Johan Bruck presented Ikea’s development work on reducing fossil
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