european noise directive News

  • Environment: European Mobility Week 2012 `Moving in the right direction`

    Hundreds of European towns and cities will participate in the 11th edition of European Mobility Week from 16 to 22 September 2012. Citizens are invited to join in activities promoting alternative modes of transport and reducing private car use. This year’s focus, "Moving in the right direction" aims to raise awareness of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and how to better involve citizens ...

  • Urban Noise Monitoring with the Invictus Noise Monitors

    The monitoring of boundary noise levels in urban locations is a high priority as the background noise levels in these environments are potentially already high. When working on new developments in urban locations situated near residents you are responsible for maintaining your noise levels within acceptable limits Monitoring and maintaining acceptable noise levels in urban environments can be a ...


    By Cirrus Environmental

  • Council and European Parliament agree on updated rules for the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at EU airports

    The member states' permanent representatives today endorsed the compromise reached between the Council and the European Parliament concerning a regulation which harmonises and strengthens rules on how authorities take decisions to set operating restrictions at EU airports to limit nuisance from aircraft noise. The rules are based on principles agreed by the International Civil Aviation ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Reducing noise pollution - success stories

    A project in Ireland has won the European Soundscape Award 2014 for its work on acoustic planning and urban sound design. The prize, presented by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Thursday evening in Bern, recognises initiatives that can help reduce noise and create healthy soundscapes. Noise pollution can increase stress levels or disturb sleep, affecting human health. Prolonged exposure ...

  • New vehicle noise standards proposed

    After a twenty-year wait, the European Commission has today proposed new standards to cut noise levels from cars, vans, buses and lorries. Reacting to the proposal, Nina Renshaw, deputy director at Transport and Environment, said: “While this proposal is a welcome move in the right direction, it should have gone farther and faster. The vast majority of cars for sale already meet step 1 of ...

  • Noise exposure estimation methods compared

    It is difficult to compare estimates of noise exposure across EU Member States because the methods used to produce the data vary between countries. A new study has investigated five methods of estimating noise exposure and identified some of the reasons for variation in the data they produce. In order to comply with the European Noise Directive (END)1, EU Member States have produced ...

  • Noise mapping and prediction to the latest standards

    Brüel & Kjær has announced new enhancements to Predictor-LimA, its powerful and intuitive noise mapping and prediction software. This update means that Predictor-LimA now provides: • Internationally recognized proof of calculation method compliance according to ISO 17534 software quality assurance • Compliance of CNOSSOS-EU, the European ...

  • Turn down the noise — softening the impact of excess transport noise

    As a major contributor to greenhouse gases, the transport sector figures high on the international climate change agenda. But for many living in cities, under flight paths or near major road and rail links, it's another of transport's by-products that causes most immediate harm: noise. Clearly, transport noise's long-term impacts fall a long way short of the apocalyptic projections for unabated ...

  • Urban greening reduces noise pollution

    Green roofs have the potential to significantly reduce road traffic noise in the urban environment, according to a new study. The results suggest that greening of roofs and walls with materials suitable for growing plants softens the urban environment keeping sound levels low, whereas hard, manmade structures tend to amplify traffic noise. The Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC)1 ...

  • Estimating exposure to excessive noise in cities

    The 2002 Environmental Noise Directive seeks to provide a uniform basis for measuring and addressing noise pollution, one of the most important urban environmental issues for the EU. New research has assessed city-dwellers' exposure to noise and proposes traffic management strategies to reduce harmful levels. Clear evidence is growing for wide-ranging negative health effects of noise pollution, ...

  • Noise exposure good practice guide from Europe

    The European Environment Agency have published a good practice guide for the assessment of noise exposure and potential health effects. It is intended to assist practiioners and policy makers tasked with implementing the Environmental Noise Directive. It covers exposure response relationships. risk assessment and quality targets. the guide also contains useful guides to terminology and ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Health report adds to pressure for stricter noise standards

    A new World Health Organisation report says Europeans lose at least one million healthy life-years due to traffic noise every year. The findings are likely to put pressure on the EU to produce a meaningful revision of the vehicle noise directive that is due this summer. The report includes data that measure exposure to traffic noise and its impact on health in terms of heart disease, sleep ...

  • Tyres to get energy, noise and safety label

    Tyre and vehicle retailers will have to provide customers with detailed information on the energy efficiency, safety and noise performance of tyres following a vote in the European Parliament’s industry committee on 31 March. Transport and Environment (T&E), the sustainable transport campaign group and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) welcomed the agreement, which goes further than a ...

  • Environment: Speaking the same language on noise exposure

    Quantifying noise exposure will be significantly easier thanks to a new set of common noise assessment methods published today. Comparable data on noise exposure in Europe is a prerequisite to set up EU policies to reduce noise pollution, a growing health and economic concern all over Europe. The new methods – known as Common Noise Assessment Methods in Europe (CNOSSOS-EU) – were ...

  • A quarter of Europe’s population exposed to harmful traffic noise

    ‘Noise in Europe 2014’, published today by the EEA, analyses exposure to noise levels and resulting environmental health problems. The effects of noise are particularly widespread. For the one in four Europeans exposed to noise levels above the ...

  • Does noise pollution weaken the immune system?

    Excess noise is a common cause of stress and its impact on health is a concern for environmental policy makers. An analysis of current research in this area raises the question of whether noise-induced stress could increase the likelihood of illness by weakening the immune system. The European Noise Directive1 requires Member States to draw up strategic noise maps to show the level of noise in ...

  • Noise pollution: separate regulations needed for construction

    In a new study, Spanish researchers describe a method specifically designed for measuring and characterising noise from building sites. They claim the method could help shape future policy related to noise pollution caused by the construction industry and provide important information to help reduce construction noise. Several EU directives are concerned with noise pollution and focus on reducing ...

  • Madrid City Council controls urban noise

    To continue tackling noise pollution and meet national and European standards for environmental noise, Madrid City Council has extended its service contract with sound specialist Brüel & Kjær. Following 20 years of technical support, Madrid’s Environmental Noise Control Department has decided to extend its contract with the noise and vibration company for another two years. ...

  • Road traffic noise increases risk of heart attack

    Noise is a serious and growing environmental problem worldwide. New research reveals that exposure to high levels of road traffic noise increases the risk of heart attacks. These findings add to concerns about the impact of noise on health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that around 40 per cent of the European population is exposed to noise from road traffic exceeding 55 decibels ...

  • An integrated and flexible solution for environmental noise monitoring

    Brüel & Kjær releases Environmental Noise Management Software Type 7843, Version 2.5 together with the new version of Noise Monitoring Terminal Type 3639-E/G-200 series for operation with the new software.The release also includes additional products that can be delivered as turnkey solutions: ENM Flight Tracking Software Type 7846 in a range of options providing visualization and ...

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