STEPS – Sustainable Plastics and Transition Pathways, Phase 2

Project: Research

Project Details


STEPS goal is to facilitate this transition by sharing innovation, knowledge and findings between academia, industry and society. STEPS partners include Lund University, RISE IVF, IVL, 21 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.
AcronymSTEPS Phase 2
Effective start/end date2020/09/012024/08/31

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University (lead)
  • RISE IVF AB (Joint applicant)
  • IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (Joint applicant)
  • University of Copenhagen (Joint applicant)
  • Bona (Project partner)
  • AB Ludvig Svensson (Project partner)
  • Avient Colorants Sweden AB (Project partner)
  • BPC Instruments AB (Project partner)
  • Clariant SE (Project partner)
  • Electrolux (Project partner)
  • General Plastics Scandinavia AB (GPS) (Project partner)
  • IKEA of Sweden AB (Project partner)
  • IKEM - Innovations- och Kemiindustrierna i Sverige (Project partner)
  • Jonas Ihreborn AB (Project partner)
  • Nordic Sugar A/S (Project partner)
  • Orkla Foods (Project partner)
  • Polykemi AB (Project partner)
  • Quantafuel ASA (Project partner)
  • Sumitomo Bakelite Europe NV (Project partner)
  • Svensk Plastindustriförening SPIF (Project partner)
  • Sveriges stärkelseproducenter (Project partner)
  • Tetra Pak AB (Project partner)
  • TePe Munhygienprodukter AB (Project partner)
  • Region Skåne (Project partner)


  • MISTRA, Swedish foundation for strategic environmental research

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

UKÄ subject classification

  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Chemical Process Engineering
  • Energy Systems
  • Political Science
  • Microbiology

Free keywords

  • Biobased plastics
  • Polymer design
  • Sustainable building blocks
  • Plastic governance