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

Other Words from decarbonize

decarbonizer noun

Examples of decarbonize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, switching from coal to gas can cut greenhouse gas emissions by about half, and therefore help to decarbonize economies. Ralph Izzo For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 7 June 2022 Many of the achievements to emerge were piecemeal, such as announcements that more countries would join the First Movers Coalition, which aims to decarbonize the heavy industry and transport sectors. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 26 May 2022 Lui says China needs to decarbonize faster than its current trajectory predicts and that Beijing should target peaking carbon emissions earlier than 2030. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 9 Dec. 2021 For instance, the ongoing global efforts to decarbonize, whether via regulation or technological innovation, will render several current products (gas vehicles) obsolete. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 12 June 2022 Because jet fuel, effectively kerosene, must pack a lot of energy into a small space, aviation is considered one of the harder-to-decarbonize parts of the economy. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 Transportation and climate change advocates had hoped for a comprehensive plan to decarbonize the way Americans move around the country, but as with so many ambitious (and even meager) plans, that push didn't survive contact with the US Senate. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 3 June 2022 There is a lesson here for President Biden and his efforts to decarbonize America prematurely. WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 Looming over Europe’s nuclear slowdown is the pressing need for the continent to completely decarbonize its electricity supply. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of decarbonize

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Decarbonize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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