Differences Between the Principles of the European National Noise Laws and Those of the Environmental Noise Directive

Invited paper

Gaetano Licitra


Tuesday 2 june, 2015, 09:50 - 10:00

Auditorium 2 (592)

The implementation of the END has undoubtedly improved noise environmental policies across Europe and related development could be found also outside EU countries since the attention to noise has been arisen. On the other side, its implementation is a challenging task for local administrations, as for new countries that are approaching to EU. Coexistence of national laws, often requiring different indicators, complicate and duplicate work for administrations and donít help comprehension of the citizen of principles of EU legislation. In this work, a first review of different choices in implementation in Member States (existing limits, agglomeration size, timing, indicators, quiet areas, industries involved, etc) will be presented. Differences in limits lead also to different thresholds for implemented action plans as including or not the protection of quiet areas. In fact, those areas could be preserved both giving low limits or just including them at planning stage. However there is no agreement of what a quiet area must be neither in terms of levels nor in terms of minimum extent. Finally is well known that source description is crucial in mapping procedures: not only mapping methods may differ, but also sources considered, as well the exposure evaluation methods. Important forward steps were done, but many others are necessary.

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