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 formscarbon offset, nouncar·bon off·set·ter [awf-set-er, of-] /ˈɔfˌsɛt ər, ˈɒf-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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