Noise Action Planning at Airports under Difficult Political Conditions Technical Methods and Procedures for Successful Support

Invited paper

Markus Petz


Monday 1 june, 2015, 16:40 - 17:00

0.8 Rome (118)

The European Environmental Policy forces the Member States amongst others to determine regularly the noise situation at major roads, major railways and major airports by introducing the Environmental Noise Directive in 2002. In addition, the responsible authorities appointed in national rules are committed to prepare noise action plans. This raises difficulties in particular when measures for reducing aircraft noise exposure are necessary, which let expect to have different effects on several neighboring communities. By carrying out the project Framework for noise action planning around the Berlin Brandenburg Airport the Ministry of Environment, Health and Consumer Protection of the Federal State of Brandenburg has attempted to expert support and coordinate responsible surrounding Brandenburg municipalities of Berlin Brandenburg Airport in relation to the aspect of aircraft noise within the communal action planning. Within the project, hotspots were determined trans-communal, taking into account the background noise caused by other traffic sources. Amongst other things the noise reduction potential and area specific effects of flight operational measures were investigated and evaluated. For this purpose, the procedure for total noise consideration and the assessment of noise from roads, railways and air traffic described in the Guideline VDI 3722-2 was applied. Thereafter, the summation is based on the calculation and the energetic addition of substitute noise levels, which relate to road traffic adverse effects (annoyance, sleep disturbance). Technical methods and procedures for successful support will be demonstrated.

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