The workshop was hosted by the Cyprus EU Presidency for the technical harmonization of noise working group and other officials of member states working on the vehicle noise regulations. The purpose of the event was to update participants in new evidence concerning the impacts, sources and solutions and costs of abating vehicle noise.
After three postponements (1), the Environment Committee of the European Parliament has voted for tighter future noise limits for vehicles. The standards of future noise limit values was accepted in a tight vote defeating an alternative proposal that would have allowed much louder sports cars, buses and trucks onto the road.
After three postponements the Environment Committee of the European Parliament will finally vote next week on noise limits for vehicles. Contrary to industry concerns, a new report published today by Transport & Environment (T&E), Europe’s sustainable transport campaigners, shows that making cars more fuel efficient is fully compatible with making them quieter too.
In the context of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) vote on a Commission proposal [COM (2011) 856] for a Regulation on the sound levels of motor vehicles, this new study from TNO, independent experts that advise the Commission on both noise and CO2 regulations, shows that synergies between making cars more fuel efficient and quieter outweigh any conflict generated. To the question ‘does further noise reduction on road vehicles conflict with reducing CO2 emissions?’, the answer is clearly no, the report says, based both on technical considerations and on-going development of engine and noise reduction technology.
This briefing paper outlines the evidence based upon a study by TNO, independent experts that advise the Commission on both noise and CO2 regulations. Results show that synergies between making cars more fuel efficient and quieter outweigh any conflict generated.
On 19 September, the European Voice published on its website an article where Mr Miroslav Ouzky MEP accuses T&E of blackmailing and intimidating him. Intimidation and blackmail are serious allegations, and the latter is even a criminal offence. Hence our wish to set the record straight.
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.