Photograph: Kennet Ruona
STEPS Phase 2 has started!
STEPS has now officially started phase two of the research programme! The second phase runs from 1 September 2020 to 31st December 2024.
– We are delighted to go on to a second phase, especially now when there is real need for intensifying research and development to facilitate transition to a more sustainable plastic system. We are also happy to welcome many new and old partners to our programme, says Professor Rajni Hatti-Kaul, Programme Director, and researcher at Biotechnology at Lund University.
STEPS’ work in phase two will build on the first four years, but with some important additions to ensure that the programme continues to be relevant. One add on is the greater focus on intensifying collaboration with new industrial, regional and research partners to co-develop and evaluate carbon-neutral plastic products for specific target applications. This work will be conducted in the form of missions, as a way not only for developing better products but also to identify challenges for transition, and to suggest potential pathways for circular economy and reduced plastic pollution.
– We believe in strong collaboration between academia and industry at an early stage. By working with missions, where industry partners lead the work, we can ensure that the research corresponds to real societal needs and questions. And of course, real products and applications have more impact in terms of peaking interest and passion from the rest of the society, concludes Rajni Hatti-Kaul.
STEPS vision is a society where plastics are sustainably produced, used and recycled in a circular economy.
Research partners in STEPS: IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and RISE IVF. Industrial partners in STEPS: 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.