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

Definition of decarbonize

transitive verb

: to remove carbon from

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Other Words from decarbonize

decarbonizer noun

Examples of decarbonize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Offsets are widely used, but even some companies in the hard-to-abate sectors, such as global shipping giant Maersk and steel producer Thyssenkrupp , plan to decarbonize without them. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "An Investor Shortcut for Net-Zero Ambitions," 22 Feb. 2021 Then, by lowering emissions goals every five years, each nation is meant to decarbonize over time. Cara Korte, CBS News, "What the U.S. is committing to as it rejoins the Paris climate accords — and why it matters," 19 Feb. 2021 Republicans have long favored nuclear power, but it is increasingly being supported by Democrats, who realize wind and solar are insufficient to decarbonize the power grid since renewables cannot deliver 24-hour electricity. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Trump boost to nuclear power to live on in Biden administration," 19 Nov. 2020 Without a big push to decarbonize, economic recovery means more business for oil companies. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Fossil Fuel Industry Thinks It Will Have a Good Year Under Biden," 26 Jan. 2021 His goal is to decarbonize the U.S. power sector by 2035 on the way to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. USA TODAY, "Biden to prioritize climate change as national security concern, pauses oil drilling on public lands," 28 Jan. 2021 But the idea is to use such a fuel to make hard-to-decarbonize industries carbon-neutral. Matt Simon, Wired, "Is It Time for an Emergency Rollout of Carbon-Eating Machines?," 26 Jan. 2021 Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga unveiled an ambitious goal to decarbonize Japan in his first policy speech to parliament in October, but few details were provided on how the country will achieve the target. River Davis,, "Japan Plans Phase-Out of New Gasoline Cars by Mid-2030s," 3 Dec. 2020 Biden is flirting with the idea of rejuvenating the industry to help decarbonize the economy—and there are skeptics in spades. Mike Pearl, The New Republic, "The Green Fantasy and Messy Reality of Nuclear Power," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of decarbonize

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Decarbonize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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