The current Commission is on track to have one of the worst-ever environmental records of any EU administration. That is the view of the group of 10 Brussels-based environmental NGOs (‘Green 10’), whose mid-term assessment of José Manuel Barroso’s second Commission says it would not win any medals and is acting to protect the environment even less than his first Commission (2005-09).
The Commission has begun a consultation on whether the 2002 Environmental Noise Directive is doing its job.
The European Parliament’s Environment Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) is currently considering a Commission proposal for a Regulation on the sound levels of motor vehicles. The proposal, if adopted, will replace the existing vehicle noise directive (70/157/EEC), including enforcing tighter noise emission limits for cars, vans, lorries and buses and updating the testing method.
Who should pick up the cost of reducing traffic noise? According to Porsche, the answer isn’t sports car buyers. T&E’s Cecile Toubeau has the story.
In early July, the European Parliament's ENVI Committee will vote on the first update to EU vehicle noise limits in 20 years. Judith Merkies MEP invites you to a discussion on this important public health issue. The event will also include the official launch of the Sound Investment Joint Declaration: a five point plan for cutting traffic noise in urban areas by half. To register, please contact Cécile Toubeau with your full name, date of birth and place of residence.
This briefing gives an overview of T&E's views on new noise emission limits for road vehicles, proposed by the European Commission in December 2011.
Traffic noise is a serious concern for Europeans, and the EU must act quickly to tackle the issue. That is the call from citizens from several European countries in a video clip published today (1) for International Noise Awareness Day.