CEL014 Circular Economy-Enabling a Sustainable Future

Course Provider



Graduate Certificate

Academic Unit



The current linear economy has resulted in enormous amount of waste in our ocean and land in addition to continuous increase of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Transitioning to a circular economy (CE) will significantly lower carbon emissions, reduce/eliminate pollution caused by production and consumption, build sustainable supply chains, and create jobs for communities, overcome social inequality, and accelerate achieving the SDGs.

This course introduces a circular economy focusing on life cycle thinking; global policy; technology & business model innovation; and business opportunities & inclusive development. It guides learners to understand the key drivers for accelerating the CE transition including policy intervention; design, technology & business model innovation; financing mechanism, consumer behavior change, and ecosystem building for entrepreneurship.

The course is part of:
- Graduate Certificate in Sustainability — Strategy, Energy, Environment, and Circularity

Course Availability

  • Date(s): 05 to 14 Aug 2024

    Time: 09:00am - 5:30pm (5 to 7, 12 to 14 August 2024)

    Venue: NTU@One North campus

    Registration is closed.

 At the end of the course, learners are able to:

  • develop holistic thinking on sustainability through circularity,
  • identify opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship especially on the emerging circular industries,
  • Design and implement solutions to solve problems faced humanity today especially climate change mitigation,
  • Understand circularity in all industry sectors including agri/food, packaging, textile, electronics, building/construction, energy, and transport


    Topics covered

    • What is More Sustainable? 
    • Linear vs Circular Economy 
    • Global Policy and Corporate Strategy Today
    • Circularity in all sectors
    • Design out waste & Waste as a resource and Technology Innovation
    • Business Model & Product As Service
    • Standardization and Certification
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Sharing your innovative ideas

      Suitable for current and aspiring professionals at all levels, from developing sustainability and social responsibility knowledge and skills, including the purpose-driven professionals, engineers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and the corporate social responsibility and consulting professionals.

      Standard Course Fee: S$7,848.00

      SSG Funding Support


      Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


      Fee BEFORE funding & GST

      Fee AFTER funding & 9% GST

      Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



      Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


      SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
      SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
      (Up to 90% funding)

      • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

      Read more about funding

      Associate Professor LIU Lerwen

      Prof Lerwen LIU has been advocating for sustainability and the positive impact of emerging technologies. Trained as a physicist, she has become well-known as a Nanotechnology analyst and business development expert. She pioneered introducing sustainability & entrepreneurship in nanotechnology education in Singapore when she joined NUS as an adjunct faculty in 2014. She recently joined NTU as an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, focusing on Sustainability Driven Entrepreneurship Education and Practices. She is a resourceful person in the circular economy, innovation, and technopreneurship for the Asian Development Bank (ADB). 


      CEL010 Corporate Sustainability: Introduction 1
      CEL011 Carbon Neutrality—Solving the Energy Puzzle 2
      CEL012 Electrification & Waste Heat Recovery 1
      CEL013 Environmental Issues and Sustainability in Water and Waste Management 2


      Listed courses are:

      • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Sustainability — Strategy, Energy, Environment, and Circularity.