Draft noise action plans: consultation

The European Noise Directive (END) was adopted in 2004 and requires member states to bring about measures which are intended to avoid, prevent or reduce noise on a prioritised area basis.

Definition of Environmental Noise

2. The definition of environmental noise is defined as unwanted or harmful outdoor sound created by human activities, including noise omitted by means of transport, road traffic, rail, air traffic, and from noise sites of industrial activity. The Environmental Noise Directive does not apply to a noise caused by the person exposed to the noise, noise from domestic activities, noise created by neighbours, noise at work places, or noise inside means of transport or due to military activities in military areas. These are dealt with through separate pieces of legislation.



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