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.

Nearby words

  1. carbon monoxide hemoglobin,
  2. carbon monoxide poisoning,
  3. carbon nanotube,
  4. carbon neutral,
  5. carbon offset,
  6. carbon paper,
  7. carbon process,
  8. carbon sequestration,
  9. carbon sink,
  10. carbon star

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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