Implementation of the EU environmental noise directive : lessons from the first phase of strategic noise mapping and action planning in Ireland

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Title: Implementation of the EU environmental noise directive : lessons from the first phase of strategic noise mapping and action planning in Ireland
Authors: King, Eoin A.
Murphy, Enda
Rice, Henry J.
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Date: Mar-2011
Abstract: The first phase of noise mapping and action planning in Ireland, in accordance with EU Directive 2002/49/EC, is now complete. In total this included one agglomeration, one airport and approximately 600 km of major roads outside the agglomeration. These noise maps describe the level of noise exposure of approximately 1.25 million people. The first phase of noise mapping was dealt with by five noise mapping bodies while 26 action planning authorities were involved in the development of the associated action plans. The second phase of noise mapping, due to be completed in 2012, sees a reduction in the defined thresholds describing the required agglomerations, roads and railways that have to be mapped. This will have a significant impact on the extent of mapping required. In Ireland this will result in an increased number of local authorities being required to develop strategic noise maps for their area along with the further development of associated action plans. It is appropriate at this point to review the work process and results from the first phase of noise mapping in Ireland in order to establish areas that could be improved, throughout the noise mapping project. In this paper a review of the implementation procedures focussing on (dominant) road traffic noise is presented. It is identified that more standardisation is needed and this could be achieved by the establishment of a national expert steering group.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Journal of Environmental Management
Volume: 92
Issue: 3
Start page: 756
End page: 764
Copyright (published version): 2011 Elsevier
Keywords: Strategic noise mappingNoise action planningEnvironmental Noise DirectiveNoise policy
Subject LCSH: Noise--Ireland--Maps
Noise control--Government policy--Ireland
Noise pollution--Government policy--Ireland
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.10.034
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed 2011-06-29T13:34:54Z
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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