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Highlights 2019

CAETS 2019: Engineering a better world – the next 100 years

2019-07-05. Listen to STEPS programme director Rajni-Hatti Kaul talking about sustainable transitions for plastics at the The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) 100-years celebration in Stockholm, 26 June.


Climate Change – What can we do?

2019-07-01. Two degrees more and de-carbonisation transitions was the topic for the seminar Climate Change – What can we do? held  in Lund on 27 June for a delegation of FP-AP, the european association of former members of parliament of the member states of the Council of Europe. WP leader Lars J Nilsson talked about STEPS in his contribution Zero Emissions: What do we have to work with?


Fully-recyclable plastics packages by 2020?

2019-06-24. STEPS Master student Anna Svantesson presents her work on the Swedish Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry target of fully-recyclable plastic packaging by 2022, at Sysav today. Read more here.



Plastics ReDesigned: new collaboration with Form/Design Center

2019-06-19. Designers have a key role in the transition to a sustainable plastics society. But too often they have limited knowledge of plastics as a material, and are unsure of how to use it. STEPS and Form/Design Center in Malmö have come together to start a new collaboration to increase knowledge, highlight research, and to encourage new and creative design approaches. Read more.


EPS Low Carbon Economy Forum 2019: Industrial Implications of EU and Global Climate Change Policy

2019-06-18. STEPS workpackage leader Lars J Nilsson takes part in the special opening panel entitled ‘Technology outlook for the low-carbon economy’ at the EPS Low Carbon Economy Forum 2019 taking place in Brussels. Here you can access the full programme of this event.


STEPS researchers discuss plastics challenges in podcasts from Trifilon

2019-06-14. How can the government make plastic production sustainable? And what is the process of making plastics from sugar beets? These are some of the questions discussed in two podscasts featuring STEPS researchers, Tobias Nielsen, political sicentist, and Niklas Warlin, Phd student at the Derpartment of Chemistry at Lund University. Read more here.


Shall we discuss plastic bags?

2019-04-29. The issue of how the use of plastic bags can be reduced has been widely discussed in the EU in recent years. The steps taken are far from sufficient and show how political dividing lines – both between member countries and between party groups – have governed the rules that exist today. Read the full article by STEPS researchers here.


Japan-Europe Dialogue 2019

2019-04-25. STEPS researcher Tobias Nielsen talks about pathways to sustainable plastics in front of scholars and practitioners, including Japan’s Vice-minister for Environment, at the Japan-Europe Dialogue 2019, Pathway to Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution -Toward achieving Sustainable Development Goals

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The Annual Report 2018 is published!

2019-03-29. Now you can read STEPS Annual Report 2018 here.

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Joint Forces for Sustainability Forum

2019-03-21. STEPS researcher Tobias Nielsen presented the five potential pathways to a sustainable plastics system at Joint Forces for Sustainability Forum. Read more here.

Crops or Carbon Dioxide? What is the Future of Plastics?

2019-03-09. Listen to researchers from Lund University and RISE exploring the possibilites of using residues from agriculture, or even carbon dioxide, to produce plastics in way that avoids food insecurity and negative climate impacts in the future. The event is organised by STEPS and is part of Lund Sustainability Week 2019.

Science and Innovation Talk at Tetra Pak

2019-03-08. Listen to STEPS researcher Tobias Nielsen, Political Science, Lund University, talking about Pathways to Sustainable Plastics at Tetra Paks Science and Innovation Talk! Five pathways to more sustainable plastics are discussed: bio-based, biodegradable, recycling, fewer types and reduced use.

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Founders of Tomorrow

2019-02-24. Lars J Nilsson presented the 1.5 °C challenge based on the recent IPCC report and decarbonisation pathways for industry including plastics and steel at the Founders of Tomorrow Impact bootcamp and idea competition. Read more here.


Opinion piece in NyTeknik

2019-02-20. ”Banning straws and plastic bags is not enough, we need a vision for the entire plastic use”
– writes STEPS researchers Fredric Bauer, Tobias Nielsen and professor Lars J Nilsson in NyTeknik.
Read the article here.


New STEPS paper published!

2019-02-19. Need a bag? A review of public policies on plastic carrier bags – Where, how and to what effect? by researchers Tobias Nielsen, Karl Holmberg and Johannes Stripple can be downloaded here.


Sveriges Plastutredning

2019-02-06. I december blev Sveriges plastutredning färdig. Och på EU-nivå finns en ny plaststrategi med bla direktiv om ett förbud mot engångsartiklar som sugrör, bestick och tallrikar. Ett bra ramverk men plastdebatten måste nyanseras. Det menar statsvetaren Tobias Nielsen som ingår i ett forskningsprogram om hållbar plastanvändning. Läs mer