Ireland aims to reduce its carbon emissions from the energy sector between 80% and 95% by 2050.
It aims to become carbon neutral by 2100.
Energy Minister Alex White has launched an energy ‘White Paper’ which identifies actions the country will take to reduce its emissions by boosting renewables and energy efficient projects.
Mr White said the nation would “eventually” have to generate 100% of its energy from green sources.
The document highlights the importance of citizens and communities to change the way the country generates, transmits, stores, conserves and uses energy.
Mr White added: “We will only achieve this ambitious degree of decarbonisation by engaging all citizens in energy policy and its implementation. Meeting the challenge of global warming can no longer be confined to the realm of international treaties or government decisions.
“It is about changing the way we heat our homes and businesses. It is about reassessing how we travel. It is about participating in decisions about the infrastructure needs of a low carbon Ireland.”