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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for carbon offset
- 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
- (as modifier)a carbon-offset scheme
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