de·​car·​bon·​ize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkär-bə-ˌnīz \
decarbonized; decarbonizing; decarbonizes

Definition of decarbonize

transitive verb

: to remove carbon from

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Other Words from decarbonize

decarbonizer noun

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Any serious effort to decarbonize the world economy will require, then, a great deal more clean energy, on the order of 100 trillion kilowatt-hours per year, by our calculations—roughly equivalent to today’s entire annual fossil-fuel usage. Joshua S. Goldstein And, WSJ, "Only Nuclear Energy Can Save the Planet," 11 Jan. 2019 But there’s no hiding, no escaping the imperative to decarbonize. David Roberts, Vox, "This graphic explains why 2 degrees of global warming will be way worse than 1.5," 7 Aug. 2018 Not just a car thing California's approach is an interesting one because transportation is a difficult sector of the economy to decarbonize. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "California amends rules to push vehicles toward hydrogen, electricity, biofuel," 30 Sep. 2018 The race to protect humanity from the worst effects of climate change surely depends upon decarbonizing our energy system, but fracking has a role to play in the long process of adjustment. R. Tyler Priest, WSJ, "‘Saudi America’ Review: The Truth About Fracking?," 31 Oct. 2018 While the most optimistic see the advent of lithium-air batteries and engine efficiency improvement as a path to commercial electric flight, others have focused on decarbonizing jet-fuel synthesis. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Orkney Islands routes are front-runners for first commercial electric flights," 18 Oct. 2018 The authors conclude that advanced fission designs have no hope at all of commercializing in the US by mid-century, which is when the US economy needs to be decarbonized. David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018 NuScale Is nuclear power going to help the United States decarbonize its energy supply and fight climate change? David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018 That means rapidly decarbonizing the U.S. economy—much like Ocasio-Cortez has proposed. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Can Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Save The Planet?," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of decarbonize

1825, in the meaning defined above

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