Definition of carbon offset noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


carbon offset

BrE BrE//ˌkɑːbən ˈɒfset//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːrbən ˈɔːfset//
, NAmE//ˌkɑːrbən ˈɑːfset//
[countable, uncountable]
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a way for a company or person to reduce the level of carbon dioxide for which they are responsible by paying money to a company that works to reduce the total amount produced in the world, for example by planting trees carbon offset initiatives for air travellers carbon offset projects Wind energy companies sell carbon offsets. The country can trade carbon offset to rich polluters. compare carbon credit
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: carbon offset