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carbon neutral

pertaining to or having achieved a state in which the net amount of carbon dioxide or other carbon compounds emitted into the atmosphere is reduced to zero because it is balanced by actions to reduce or offset these emissions: Since the administration installed solar panels, the campus has become carbon neutral;
a carbon-neutral brewery.
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First recorded in 1990-95
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carbon neutrality, noun Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for carbon neutral

emitting no carbon dioxide into the atmosphere; also, employing a technique to absorb carbon dioxide so it is not emitted; also written carbon-neutral , carbonneutral


Becoming carbon neutral is usually achieved by implementing renewable energy projects that offset the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, such as planting trees which absorb CO2.

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