decarbonize

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de- +‎ carbonize

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decarbonize (third-person singular simple present decarbonizes, present participle decarbonizing, simple past and past participle decarbonized)

  1. To remove carbon from something, especially from an engine.
    Synonym: decoke
    • 1968 February, Popular Science, page 115:
      To decarbonize piston rings and ring grooves, remove each ring carefully by spreading the ends just enough to get them clear of the piston top land and lifted off.
  2. To reduce or replace fossil fuels by renewable energy in energy production systems and processes.
    • 2015, Tessa Hebb et al., The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment, Routledge (→ISBN), page 617:
      In fact, at a time when it is urgent to decarbonize the economy by all means possible, carbon footprinting misses the majority of the footprint of many sectors, either due to technique or lack of data.

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