Glossary | Climate Lexicon D

carbon-connect AG Climate Glossary with common technical terms, abbreviations and explanations on the topics of the environment, climate protection and CO2 compensation.


Decarbonization refers to the process of achieving a low-carbon economy. Decarbonization refers to the process of reducing CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to combat climate change. It involves reducing the use of fossil fuels and promoting renewable energy sources to create a sustainable, low-emission economy.

Decarbonization includes measures such as energy efficiency, electrification, the dismantling of coal-fired power plants, the introduction of zero-emission technologies, and energy supply from renewable sources.

Diffuse emissions

Release of greenhouse gases from pipes or pressurized equipment due to mishandling or leakage.


Domestic Material Consumption (DMC) is a measure of the use of raw materials in a country, regardless of their origin. It indicates the amount of raw materials consumed within a country's borders, including those that are imported and exported.

DMC is often used to measure and assess a country's dependence on raw materials. A high DMC can be an indicator of high commodity intensity in the economy and show that a country is dependent on importing commodities. A low DMC can be an indicator of more efficient use of resources and show that a country is able to meet its own needs from its own production.