IRELAND is unlikely to meet legally-binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The targets are likely to be missed even if ambitious plans to roll out electric vehicles and other 'greener' transport measures are achieved.
In a stark warning, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says we are not on track to becoming a low-carbon economy, and will fail to meet international targets to reduce emissions.
Ireland's EU target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport, agriculture, residential, waste and non-energy intensive industry by 20pc by 2020, compared to 2005 levels.
EPA figures show emissions will be 5-12pc below 2005 levels, well below the 20pc target.
"The figures show that we are currently not on track to becoming a low-carbon economy," EPA director general Laura Burke said.
"We have not solved the problem of greenhouse gas emissions and this becomes an even more pressing challenge as the economy begins to improve."