Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan will consider points raised by climate experts on the wording of the Climate Bill “to see if any further clarity needs to be provided at committee stage”, a spokeswoman for his department has confirmed. Climate scientist Prof John Sweeney of Maynooth University, Prof Barry McMullin of Dublin City University and Dr Andrew Jackson of University College Dublin outlined their concerns about “a fundamental flaw” in the Bill in a letter to the three Coalition leaders. How intended greenhouse gas reductions will be managed as outlined in the legislation, which is about to go through the Oireachtas, is “ambiguous and liable to [legal] challenge should the wording remain as is”, they warned. he experts suggest two possible interpretations of the clause: – The total amount of greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2021-30 shall be reduced by 51 per cent on what would have been the case had 2018 emissions continued at that rate for the decade, or – It makes little difference to what emissions are like over the coming decade as long as the figure for 2030 is 51 per cent less than that of 2018. “There is . . . a major difference between these two valid interpretations and legal clarity is required.