noise directive News

  • Report on environmental noise directive published

    Commenting on new reports benchmarking progress on noise management in Europe, Environmental Protection UK is calling for the impacts of noise to be properly taken into account in all planning and transport decisions. The reports, which were commissioned by the EU, provide an examination of implementation to date of the Environmental Noise Directive and recommend the most cost effective measures ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • 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

  • Review finds Europe lacks the drive to reduce transport noise

    At the end of August, a three part review of implementation of the Environmental Noise Directive (END) was finally published. Research informing publication of the reports was largely undertaken last summer – and given the ongoing nature of noise action planning, information on the approach in England at least is out of date. While the reports do give a comparison of approaches across ...


    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 ...

  • Peaceful parks for health and wealth

    Quality open city spaces are increasingly recognised as essential in improving local environmental quality, supporting climate change and biodiversity objectives and contributing to better mental and physical health of city residents and workers. They also make our cities more attractive to visitors and investors. This report, commissioned by the City of London, is published as experts on urban ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Traffic noise health impacts second only to air pollution, new WHO report says

    In the EU and Norway, traffic noise is the second biggest environmental problem affecting health after air pollution, says a report published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) (1). This new health evidence highlights the urgency of adopting more stringent EU vehicle noise standards, according to health, environment and sustainable transport campaigners. The European Commission is ...

  • 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 ...

  • Proactive noise protection saves money and trouble - Traffic noise remains serious environmental problem

    Dessau-Roßlau, 26 April 2011. Road traffic remains the greatest source of noise, according to the latest noise survey by the Federal Environment Agency, which polled 70,000 participants. The survey says that road traffic noise and aviation noise are the most annoying. "Efforts to protect the public from traffic noise are not yet adequate in Germany. There are still too many people who ...

  • EEA draws the first map of Europe`s noise exposure

    The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched the most comprehensive map of noise exposure to date, revealing the extent to which European citizens are exposed to excessive acoustic pollution. The NOISE (Noise Observation and Information Service for Europe) database provides, at the click of a mouse, a picture of the numbers of people exposed to noise generated by air, rail and road traffic ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Preserving quiet areas improves health

    Living in a quiet area has a positive impact on health. A study compared quality of life for people living in quiet and noisy locations and found that those who lived in quiet locations—particularly in rural areas—had a better quality of life. The EU’s Noise Directive1 exists to protect people from the adverse impacts of noise and preserve the health benefits of quiet spaces. ...

  • Protect workers’ hearing with Pulsar doseBadge System

    Sound Measurement equipment manufacturer, Pulsar Instruments Plc are warning employers of the dangers of hearing damage due to excessive noise levels or impulse noise in the workplace. The company has recently launched their improved doseBadge system to ensure compliance with the EU Physical Agents (Noise) Directive. The revolutionary doseBadge is a self-contained noise measurement device that ...


    By Pulsar Instruments Plc

  • Commission finally tackles problem of traffic noise

    Traffic noise has suddenly moved up the EU agenda, with the Commission promising to cut noise from cars, vans, buses and lorries within five years. A proposal due later this year is expected to seek to reduce car noise by four decibels and lorry noise by three. The issue of noise has lagged behind EU efforts to cut air pollutant emissions, but a recent study suggesting that the benefits of ...

  • Traffic noise health impacts second only to air pollution, new WHO report says

    Traffic noise is the second biggest environmental problem affecting our health in Europe, after air pollution, according to a report published today by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Environmental Protection UK (EPUK) hope the report will ensure policy makers take traffic noise seriously and act now to reduce it. According to the WHO study (1), 1.8% of heart attacks in high income European ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • UK environment minister calls for views on managing airport noise

    Views on how noise from airports can be managed effectively were called for by Environment Minister Jonathan Shaw. He made the call as Defra publishes draft guidance for comment that will be used to develop action plans to address noise from airports. In line with the Environmental Noise Directive, airport operators must draft action plans that outline the measures they will take to manage and, ...

  • A 20-year wait for a disappointing revision of vehicle noise limits

    The Commission has published its long-awaited proposals on reducing noise from cars, vans, buses and lorries, but the vast majority of cars already meet the first stage of the stricter limits, and almost a quarter meet the second stage. T&E says the proposals should have gone ‘farther and faster’, and has called for a third stage in the timetable in order to create an incentive ...

  • EU vote to charge heavy lorries for air and noise pollution

    EU Transport Ministers recently voted in favour of new rules which would allow Member States to charge a levy on heavy lorries to cover the cost of air and noise pollution. Under the current "Eurovignette Directive", only costs of maintaining road infrastructure can be charged. This would enable Member States to manage congestion more flexibly, as it would allow differentiation ofcharges ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • WHO says noise is a top health hazard

    The WHO has finished investigating just how much noise affects us and has concluded it is a the top health hazard affecting both physical and mental health and well-being in the European Region. In response the WHO has released new guidelines (10 October 2018) to help reduce our noise exposure “WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region”. The document identifies levels ...


    By Pulsar Instruments Plc

  • 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 ...

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