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|Title:||Common noise assessment methods for Europe (CNOSSOS-EU): implementation challenges in the context of EU noise policy developments and future perspectives|
|Authors:||KEPHALOPOULOS Stylianos; PAVIOTTI Marco|
|Publisher:||Prof. Konstantinos Vogiatzis|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||The Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) (END) requires EU Member States to determine the exposure to environmental noise through strategic noise mapping and to elaborate action plans in order to reduce noise pollution, where necessary. A common framework for noise assessment methods (CNOSSOS-EU) has been developed by the European Commission in cooperation with the EU Member States and represents a harmonised and coherent approach to assess noise levels from the main sources of noise (road traffic, railway traffic, aircraft and industrial) across Europe. In 2015 CNOSSOS-EU became a new EU Commission Directive (based on a revised Annex II of the END) and will be mandatory for all EU Member States after 31 December 2018. In this presentation we will discuss a number of implementation challenges that should be faced in the context of current and potential EU noise policy developments and future perspectives before CNOSSOS-EU can become fully operational in the EU MS. With the purpose of more accurately estimating the exposure of EU citizens to potential harmful levels of environmental noise and assessing the associated burden of disease in Europe the implementation of CNOSSOS-EU in the EU Member States should be seen in strict relation to: (a) the on-going evaluation of the END implementation in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, EU added value and coherence in the context of the European Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (REFIT); (b) the revised Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region under development by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and (c) the development of methods to assess the health implications of noise exposure by means of dose-effect relationships (revision of Annex III of the END).|
|JRC Directorate:||Health, Consumers and Reference Materials|
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