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carbon offsetting

[ kahr-buhn awf-set-ing, of‐ ]
/ ˈkɑr bən ˈɔfˌsɛt ɪŋ, ˈɒf‐ /
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noun

(in a cap-and-trade system) a reduction by an organization or country of its carbon dioxide emissions and other atmospheric pollutants that compensates for an equivalent amount of excess emissions by another organization or country: 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
car·bon off·set, nouncar·bon off·set·ter [kahr-buhn awf-set-er, of-], /ˈkɑr bən ˈɔfˌsɛt ər, ˈɒf-/, noun
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