The Circular Economy Research Center (CERC)

What We Do

Welcome to the Circular Economy Research Center website! We are thrilled to have you here and invite you to explore our work, connect with us, and provide feedback. We value your ideas and believe they can help us advance our research in the fascinating domain of Circular Economy.

The Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) was established by the Ecole des Ponts Business school in 2017 to lead and support novel research initiatives and to design multidisciplinary business models in the circular economy.

Our mission is to support the transformation from a linear to a circular economy, a “resource-full” alternative to the traditional “resource-depleting” model that promotes sustainable growth and innovation.

We are participating in several EU Horizon 2020-funded projects and have developed dedicated courses, a certificate, and an E-MBA in Circular Economy Management, as well as training programs, a live lab, a journal, and an expert network.

Our work is focused on research, education, and skills generation and we collaborate with a strong network of educational, industrial, and institutional partners to support the implementation of the circular economy.

A Few Words From the CERC Director

At the Circular Economy Research Center, we focus on producing credible research and data-driven outputs contribute to the transition toward a circular and sustainable future. Our ultimate goal is to translate scientific research into knowledge and education that can be integrated into structured educational and vocational curriculums.

We recognize that we cannot afford to make mistakes in this critical work, and we are committed to inclusivity and engaging all productive members of society and the economy.

As an educational establishment and research center, we aim to foster a people-centric approach to our work. We believe that by contributing to the development of a broad spectrum of skill sets, we can empower citizens and professionals to better prepare for the planet-saving transitional journey ahead. Thank you for your interest in our work,
and we look forward to your engagement!

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Affiliations & Acknowledgements

Good Practice Acknowledgment

The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform has acknowledged the CERC as one of the good practices in the domain of Circular Economy. The acknowledgment has been made public on the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) website, enabling us to be part of a unique network hub of active stakeholders in the field. We are very proud and motivated to support and work with the ECESP as a joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee in making the circular economy a reality.

European Green Deal supporters

Circular Economy Research Center is a firm supporter of the endeavor of the European Union for A European Green Deal as announced by the European Commission. Our work will have a special focus on the domain of research, education, and skills generation and we will work hand-in-hand with our strong network of educational, industrial, and institutional collaborators to also support the implementation of the new Circular Economy Action Plan.

Circular Plastics Alliance

The Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) is one of the 231 signatory parties to the Declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance. The signatories take action to boost the EU market for recycled plastics by up to 10 million tonnes by 2025. The Circular Plastics Alliance is an initiative under the European Strategy for Plastics (2018), in particular under Annex III related to voluntary pledges by industry. The European Commission launched the Circular Plastics Alliance in December 2018 to help plastics value chains boost the EU market for recycled plastics to 10 million tonnes by 2025.

Shared Green Deal Project Participation

We are proud to partner in the new SHARED GREEN DEAL project in which we are contributing from diverse angles for the creation of a scientifically evidence-based Circular Economy framework, which will support the overall EU effort. This project will work directly with families in fuel poverty, as well as with schools, housing associations and businesses. Skill-sharing workshops, toolkits for other local networks, and accessible training videos will be developed which focus on sharing energy-saving know-how between generations.

Good practice Acknowledgment

CERC Multitopic Pathway Pledge

We are taking a decisive step for the climate by supporting the shift to a circular economy and implementing the European Green Deal through education, training, and research to shape a climate-friendly society. Our Multitopic Pathway Pledge under the European Climate Pact aims to inform, inspire, and support climate action, environmental protection, and the upcoming twin (digital and green) transformation. We also aim to lead by example and become a bridge between civil society, interested stakeholders, and the European Commission by offering research-based knowledge in the domain of circular economy to enhance the collective efforts to upskill and reskill the workforce in Europe and the world.

Circular Economy and the Future of Business

We want to enable everyone to sharpen their knowledge of the transformation and to be enabled to understand it, embrace it, and prepare for it. The circular economy is an alternative to the traditional linear economic model of “produce-consume-waste”. Circular Economy is a “make-use-enrich” model that allows the economic ecosystem to do ‘more with less’ and transition to sustainable growth that fosters innovative practice and thinking. Students, researchers, experts, and executives will benefit and rapidly expand from this growing body of cutting-edge knowledge.

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We understand your challenges

We understand that your people and organization are facing unique challenges in today's fast-changing business environment. That's why we design courses and workshops that help you identify and address these challenges, while also staying up to date on the latest research and global best practices.


You'll have the opportunity to work with our team of experienced industry experts and professionals to answer the following key questions:

  • What are the key challenges facing your people and organization?
  • What is really worth knowing in today's fast-changing environment?
  • How can we design an experience that will truly transform mindsets and behaviors?
  • How can the latest research and global best practices inspire your talent pool?

An interactive and engaging experience

We offer an experience to your people that is designed to be interactive and engaging, with a focus on real-world applications and practical skills development.

Together, we can create a customized plan that addresses the specific challenges facing your organization and helps you build a more innovative, dynamic, and successful team.

Circular Economy in Action:

Empowering Change Through Collaborative Partnerships


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