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UECNA UPDATE 6 december 2009 14:34:41 GMT+01:00
Two things: first of all, some ideas about a campaign against night flights; below that, some shorts notes I made of a Noise Seminar, organised by the European Environmental Bureau, which I attended recently.
Night Flights Campaign
There was a lot of interest at our
conference in a campaign to ban or reduce night flights at airports across
European Environmental Bureau (EEB) Seminar
It was held in
1. 2010 could be an important year for noise
could be an important year for noise in
· The European Commission will be making its comments on the Noise Action Plans.
· The European Commission is expected to start the process of revising its two Noise Directives one on Airport Noise Directive 2002/30/EC; and one on all aspects of Noise Directive 2002/49/EC.
· The European Environmental Bureau may hold a major conference on Noise and Health.
Inter-Noise, the international conference on noise, is being held in
be held in
[More results from www.i-ince.org]
2. The Noise Maps and Noise Action Plans
Most European countries are disappointed about the noise action plans that governments have been required to produce by the European Commission.
The European Commission commissioned the Czech
organisation called Justice and the Environment to study the noise action plans
in 5 former Eastern European countries plus
· A failure to meet the deadlines to submit them to the EU
· Very little involvement of the public in the consultation
· Low quality action plans produced in particular, very little new in them: The anti-noise measures are too general and in most cases merely copy previous plans and strategies, especially as regards the development of transport infrastructure.
· No link with national legislation, particularly planning legislation.
The report found that some of this was in part down to poor guidance by the EU. In particular, it recommends that the EU should set binding noise limits.
The report is on www.justiceandenvironment.org