Benchmark indicators for industrial noise emission

Regular paper

Theo Van Diepen

Peutz bv

Tuesday 2 june, 2015, 10:40 - 11:00

0.6 Madrid (49)

Benchmark indicators for industrial noise emission For large industrial areas the total noise emission is caused by many and different types of companies, from small businesses to large (petro)chemical plants. Controlling the total noise emission of such an industrial area, and the noise levels at nearby residential areas, requires an indicator to assess the noise emission per type of company. An indicator in dB(A)/m2 is used for years now in The Netherlands, also when developing new industrial areas. Although reasonably usable for describing the noise emission, new indicators which incorporate more specific aspects of different types of businesses/activities are needed, especially for urban planning purposes. Peutz determined indicators for different industrial activities such as container terminals, scrap storage / handling, and oil refineries. Indicator- aspects such as throughput, specific installation areas, type and number of equipment, power usage were assessed. This resulted in indicators that enables the evaluation of the noise emission of a company or (sub)activity to a given noise “budget” and BAT (best available techniques) and mutual comparison of companies. Possible noise reducing measures or new future techniques were incorporated into these noise indicators. Noise emission of companies was benchmarked using these noise indicators.

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