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

Circular Economy Research Center (CERC)

Circular Economy will profoundly impact the future of business

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.

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.

At the Circular Economy Research Center we strive for excellence and have already taken action in supporting this transformation process through education, training and research. The Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) is participating in numerous EU funded research projects under Horizon 2020 which embed multidisciplinary and cross sectoral  applications of the circular economy principles.

The 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 in 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.

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 Research Center acknowledged as good practice

The Circular Economy Research Center has been acknowledged by the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform as one of the good practices in the domain of Circular Economy. The acknowledgement has been made public on the website of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform enabling us to be part of a very unique network hub of active stakeholders in the field.

We are very proud and motivated to be supporting and working with the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform being a joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee in making the circular economy a reality.

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