carbon–neutral

adjective car·bon–neu·tral
variants: or

carbon neutral

Definition of carbon–neutral

  1. :  having or resulting in no net addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere Wood-fired electricity qualifies as carbon-neutral because the carbon dioxide the generators emit would have been released anyway as trees die and decompose. — Boston Globe, 8 May 2009 :  counterbalancing the emission of carbon dioxide with carbon offsets … advertises itself as the first carbon-neutral polymer producer—though to meet that claim it has to purchase carbon offset certificates for the energy needed for the process. — Jessica Marshall, New Scientist, 7 July 2007

carbon neutrality

noun

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1992

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1992


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