carbon-neutral

adjective car·bon-neu·tral
variants: or carbon neutral

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 Globe8 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 MarshallNew Scientist7 July 2007

carbon neutrality

noun

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First Known Use of carbon-neutral

1992


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