About us

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?

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Christopher Folkeson Welch
Programmes Director at Mistra

STEPS Board

Britt Marie Bertilsson_Chair

Britt-Marie Bertilsson
Chair of STEPS Board

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Hans Hellsmark
STEPS board member
Associate Professor
at Chalmers

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Maria Gustafsson
STEPS board member
Project Manager at the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS)

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Søren Hvilsted
STEPS board member
Professor Emeritus at DTU

Management group

Rajni Hatti-Kaul_Programme Director_Professor_Department of Chemistry

Rajni Hatti-Kaul
Program Director
Leader WP1
Biotechnology
Lund University

Christian Hulteberg_Senior lecturer_Department of Chemical Engineeringv2

Christian Hulteberg
Leader WP1
Chemical Engineering
Lund University

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Nicola Rehnberg
Leader WP1
Bona and CAS, Lund University

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John P Jensen
Leader WP1
Nordic Sugar

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Baozhong Zhang
Leader WP2
CAS
Lund University

Erik Nilsson_Researcher_Swerea

Erik Nilsson
Leader WP2
RISE IVF

Carina-Stjernman_Sales-Manager_Clariant

Carina Stjernman
Leader WP2
Clariant

Fredric Bauer

Fredric Bauer
Leader WP3
IMES
Lund University

Teis Hansen

Teis Hansen
Leader WP3
Human Geography
Lund University

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Ellen Lindblad
Leader WP3
Sysav Utveckling AB

Peter Andersson_CEO_General Plastics Scandinavia AB_GPS (small)

Peter Andersson
Leader WP3
General Plastics Scandinavia (GPS)

Sanel Peric_Programme Economist_Department of Chemistry_Lund University

Sanel Peric
Financial Officer
Biotechnology
Lund University

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Noomi Egan
Communications Manager
FSI
Lund University

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Johanna Generosi
Program Coordinator
FSI
Lund University

Non-academic partners

Avion Corporation, Bioprocess Control, Bona Sweden AB, Clariant, Electrolux, General Plastics Scandinavia AB-GPS, IKEA of Sweden, IKEM, Jonas Ihreborn AB, Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter, Ludvig Svensson, Nordic Sugar, Orkla Foods, Polykemi, Quantafuel, SBHPP, SPIF, SYSAV Utveckling AB, Sodra Skogsagarna, TePe, Tetra Pak and Region Skane.