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carbon offsetting

a program in which a company, country, etc., reduces or offsets its carbon emissions through the funding of activities and projects that improve the environment:
Carbon offsetting does not always have a quantifiable impact on the planet.
Origin of carbon offsetting
First recorded in 1990-95
Related forms
carbon offset, noun
carbon offsetter [awf-set-er, of-] /ˈɔfˌsɛt ər, ˈɒf-/ (Show IPA), noun Unabridged
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Contemporary Examples
  • We offer a carbon offset for people who book on our flights, but I think the most important thing is investing in clean fuels.

British Dictionary definitions for carbon offset

carbon offset

  1. a compensatory measure made by an individual or company for carbon emissions, usually through sponsoring activities or projects which increase carbon dioxide absorption, such as tree planting
  2. (as modifier): a carbon-offset scheme
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