Environmental Noise Policy: ways out of the crisis

Regular paper

Paul De Vos

Royal HaskoningDHV

Wednesday 3 june, 2015, 17:00 - 17:20

0.8 Rome (118)

With the introduction of the Environmental Noise Directive, the political approach to Environmental Noise in Europe has been widely standardized. Apart from the applicable limit values, there is a widely supported division of responsibilities between governmental levels and between the public and private domain. The intended objective is the reduction of the adverse health effects of noise, but the actual figures indicate a failure rather than a success. Recently, with the economic crisis at its peak, the emphasis has been on other issues than noise. The paper proposes ways out of this crisis, learning from other policy issues that have been successful. With the current revision of the END, there is a scope for a more effective policy.

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