Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) at École des Ponts Business School

Circular Economy Research Center (CERC)

Some of the topics we are investigating within Circular Economy include:

  • Sharing Economy 
  • Sustainability
  • Energy efficiency 
  • Waste Management 
  • Innovation 
  • New Business Models
  • Big Data 
  • IoT
  • Smart and Circular Cities
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Key Enabling Technologies
  • Data Economy

Read more from our CERC Director, Giorgos Demetriou, on the importance of Circular Economy in the following  interview.

Circular Economy will profoundly impact the future of business as we know it. We want to enable current and prospect students as well as the alumni of the School to sharpen their knowledge on the upcoming transformation and to be enabled to understand it, embrace it and prepare for it in their domains of professional interest.

The newly opened Circular Economy Research Center (CERC), under the direction of Professor Giorgos Demetriou, is currently developing dedicated courses, a certificate and an E-MBA specialized in Circular Economy Management as well as Circular Economy training programs, a Circular Economy Live Lab and an CE Journal.

What is Circular Economy? Circular economy is a “resource-full” alternative to the traditional linear “resource-depleting” 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, faculty, researchers, experts and executives alike will fully benefit from, and rapidly expand, this growing body of cutting-edge knowledge.

Circular economy has attracted attention in recent years. It is characterized as an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value. It is conceived as a continuous positive development cycle, reforming the current economy model of ‘take-make-dispose’, by preserving and enhancing natural capital, optimizing resource yields and minimising system risks by managing efficiently finite stocks and renewable flows.

We strive for excellence and have already taken action in supporting this transformation process through education, training and research.

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