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 There is no broadly agreed-upon figure of how much needs to be spent to decarbonize the United States economy, but one study estimated that as much as $4.5 trillion could be needed just to modernize the nation’s power grid. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "Bernie Sanders’s ‘Green New Deal’: A $16 Trillion Climate Plan," 20 Feb. 2019 But by 2030, this decline would taper off because of the growing energy requirements of businesses and manufacturers as the economy continues to expand—in the absence of any new incentives to decarbonize. Marilyn A. Brown, Scientific American, "Would a Green New Deal Add or Kill Jobs?," 17 Dec. 2019 Nuclear energy gets a bad rap in some environmentalist circles, but many energy experts and policymakers agree that splitting atoms is going to be an indispensable part of decarbonizing the world’s electricity. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer," 13 Dec. 2019 But other areas, such as the industrial sector, will be much more challenging to decarbonize, Kiely said. NBC News, "City of LED lights: How Carmel, Indiana, and other U.S. cities are trying to live up to the Paris Agreement," 11 Dec. 2019 As countries plan to ratchet up climate ambitions in 2020, decarbonizing the power sector will play a vital role. Kavita Surana, The Conversation, "We calculated emissions due to electricity loss on the power grid – globally, it’s a lot," 11 Dec. 2019 Green hydrogen and the electrification of green electricity supply in ports will provide even more options to decarbonize the sector. Luis Alfonso De Alba For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The shipping industry must go carbon neutral to survive," 8 Aug. 2019 That’s a tall order—but decarbonizing each component of society will take nothing short of a revolution. Jo Richardson, Quartz, "Labour’s pledge for carbon neutral homes will require a revolution—but it’s possible," 7 Nov. 2019 The United States must play a leading role if climate change is to be halted, and that will require a massive national effort that includes electrifying transportation, decarbonizing electricity and much more. David M. Hart, The Conversation, "Why a measured transition to electric vehicles would benefit the US," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of decarbonize

1825, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jan 2020

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“Decarbonize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2020.

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