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Definition of carbon-neutral

: 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

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carbon neutrality noun

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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“Carbon-neutral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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