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CAS Managing Circular Economy

The circular economy is gaining momentum as a means of achieving sustainable growth and addressing climate change. Implementing circular economy practices and business models strengthens the resilience of supply chains, helps save costs, and drives innovation. This program can help you understand the business case for sustainable solutions, which is becoming increasingly important. You will also learn how to become more competitive by incorporating circular economy principles into your strategies.

The program provides fundamental knowledge of circular economy as well as the management tools and success stories of companies from different focus industries. Basic knowledge of enabling technologies such as 3D printing, IIoT (the Industrial Internet of Things), and bio-fermentation is also taught. Participants learn to develop business models and design supply chains for their companies. They will be well-equipped to discuss the opportunities and limitations of a circular economy with their senior management teams.


At a glance


Certificate of Advanced Studies Managing Circular Economy (12 ECTS)





CHF 8'200.00

Comment on costs: 

This price includes all services related to the program, including teaching materials and the costs incurred for the field trips (transport and meals).


Campus ZHAW School of Management and Law, Winterthur

Language of instruction:

German, English

Lessons will be mostly taught in English, while some will be in German.
Oral presentation and written assignment can be made in English or German.

Objectives and content

Target audience

The program targets primarily middle and senior managers working in the secondary sector who want to understand the benefits and constraints of circular economy and plan to apply its principles in their companies.


After completion of the CAS in Managing Circular Economy the participants:

  • will have a solid knowledge of circular economy principles
  • be acquainted with international best practices from various industries
  • will be able to identify risks and opportunities for the implementation of circularity in their company
  • will have a basic knowledge of technologies enabling the circular economy, such as 3D-printing, IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), bio-fermentation
  • adept at developing business models and designing supply chains for the implementation of circularity in their company
  • best equipped to discuss the opportunities and constraints of the circular economy with their Senior Management Team


The CAS is composed of two modules:

  • Module 1: Circular Economy Fundamentals for Managers
  • Module 2: Applied Industrial Circular Economy

The first module provides relevant business knowledge and tools to manage circular economy; basic understanding of its enabling technologies is also taught. Critical and complex system thinking is trained.

The second module focuses on the application of circular economy technical and business knowledge in selected companies. With the lecturers’ support, a roadmap (new business model, technology, supply chain) for the implementation of circularity is created.


The CAS is characterized by methodological diversity. In addition to teaching conversations, presentations, exercises, case studies, work on practical case studies and e-learning, great importance is given to the questions from the companies for which participants work.

More details about the implementation

Lectures / presence lessons:
Fridays 13:45 - 18:00 h and Saturdays 08:15 - 12:30 h (exceptions possible).

The two field visits will take place on Fridays 08:00 – 18:00.

Enquiries and contact



Jörg Agarico, Professor, Centre for Product and Process Development, ZHAW School of Engineering

Urs Baier, Head, Environmental Biotechnology, ZHAW Life Sciences and Facility Management

Laurène Descamps, Local Coordinator, Circular Economy Transition, Impact Hub Zürich

Susanna Fieber, Research Associate, Consumption and Products Section, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

Melanie Haupt, Senior Research and Lecturer, ETH Zurich and Project Leader, REDILO GmbH

Josef Känzig, Head, Consumption and Products Section, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

Michael Krohn, Professor, Institute for Design Research, ZHdK Zurich University of the Arts and CEO, FORMPOL AG

Irene Martinetti, Manager, Circular Economy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Jürg Meierhofer, Senior Lecturer, Smart Service Engineering, ZHAW School of Engineering

Frédéric Meylan, Project manager, International Affairs, EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of Technoloy, Lausanne

Grégoire Meylan, Research Associate, Center for International Industrial Solutions, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Sabine Oberhuber-Rau, Senior Consultant, Co-Founder, Turntoo B.V., and co-author of “Material Matters”

Maike Scherrer, Professor, Institute of Sustainable Development, ZHAW School of Engineering

Marc Schmid, Senior Lecturer, Center for International Industrial Solutions, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Ina-Maria Walthert, Senior Accreditation Manager, ZHAW School of Management and Law


Admission requirements

Applicants need to be graduates of universities or universities of applied sciences and have at least five years of professional experience.

Persons who do not have any of the above qualifications, but who have sufficient professional experience and additional qualifications, can be admitted "sur dossier".

Information for applicants

Registrations receive consideration in the order they were received.

In addition to your electronic registration, please send the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of work certificates
  • Copies of training and continuing education certificates
  • Letter of motivation (either per separate e-mail or as a comment in the form itself)

Start Application deadline Registration link
30.09.2022 01.09.2022 Application

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