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CEC–WG HSEA: The Effectiveness of Noise Measures.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2005 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This Working Group Health and Socio-economic Aspects was set up by the European Commission in order to provide guidance on cost-effectiveness of noise reduction measures and the interaction between different such measures. Strong interactions were found between noise reduction measures taken at the EC level and at the local levels. Therefore, this research focused on finding additional knowledge on how to prioritize solutions. A model study was undertaken in order to predict the effects of noise abatement packages as regards their effectiveness. It was possible to demonstrate what constitutes an effective mix of noise measures for different sources (in scenarios). Ranking the solutions to noise problems was, in principle, guided by two criteria: effect reduction and cost-benefit ratio. Other considerations were equity (who pays the costs and who gets the benefits), the polluter pays principle and the time frame. Some measures have important consequences also in other areas, like air quality, safety, travel time, and energy. Based on the research results, the EC is advised: (a) To develop an ambitious strategy to achieve further noise reduction for road, rail and aircraft noise; (b) To carry out detailed analysis in the course of developing noise actions plans into the most cost-effective solution in their particular case; (c) To raise awareness of noise as a public health issue and to disseminate the knowledge on effective nose abatement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Commission, WG HSEA Report, Brussels , 2005.
Keyword [en]
noise reduction, health benefits
National Category
Psychology Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13808OAI: diva2:180328
Available from: 2008-05-05 Created: 2008-05-05Bibliographically approved

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