Ireland is “not on course” for meeting its 2020 emissions reduction and renewable energy targets, which also calls into question whether the country can achieve its 2030 EU targets, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The Paris-based agency points out while Dublin has successfully advanced the transformation of its energy sector - led primarily by the power sector – that the country’s overall energy system remains heavily reliant on fossil fuels.

Recent figures from the EU’s statistical office Eurostat show that Ireland plus six other countries - the Netherlands, France, the UK, Luxembourg, Poland, and Belgium – are not on track to meet their 2020 targets.