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The EU’s Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) aims to manage noise exposure in built-up areas whilst paying particular attention to noise-sensitive areas hosting vulnerable groups of society such as hospital and school settings.

At local level, similar to the approach adopted under the Air Quality Directives, the Directive requires authorities to map the areas where noise is excessive and draw up action plans to reduce noise where necessary.

The European Environment Agency’s 2008 report ‘Transport at a crossroads’ highlights the growing public demand for more stringent regulation of noise throughout the EU. In parallel, EU laws controlling noise emissions from certain products spur innovations that can help limit noise pollution, such as low noise tyres and more silent road surfaces, as well as noise barriers and soundproofing.

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