NRC on Noise

Profile 2018 - 2020


The Noise NRC will support the EEA’s activities on environmental noise, including on related noise assessments and indicators The NRC will be a contact point for, and have an overview of, noise mapping and action planning within the country, as well as reporting by the EEA member countries of noise data in relation to the Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC (END).


    • Assessment of noise environments and evaluation of trends
    • Data and reporting requirements under the END
    • Knowledge of modelling techniques (noise mapping)
    • Knowledge of noise action planning
    • Effects of noise on human health and well-being, as well as impacts on land and marine based ecosystems

    Policy processes to be supported

    • EU Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) and CNOSSOS-EU Commission Directive EU 2015 996
    • Several directives relating to individual noise sources (e.g., road traffic vehicles, aircrafts, railways, etc)

    Expected input and contributions from the NRC in 2018 - 2020

    Review of and comment on EEA products

    • Relevant building blocks for EEA indicator- based reports including for the assessments of EU progress toward meeting relevant SDG objectives etc
    • EEA noise assessment reports including and briefings
    • EEA indicator fact sheets
    • Consultations on noise data reporting procedures including streamlining of data reporting procedures under the END
    • Sharing knowledge and good practice case studies on specific topics such as abatement measures, noise action planning, quiet areas etc

    Data delivery:

    • Strategic noise maps (DF 4 and DF 8)

    Relevant organisations and networks

    • European Commission: DG ENV, JRC
    • END Noise Regulatory Committee
    • END Noise Expert Group
    • Other ad hoc groups e.g., CNOSSOS-EU
    • Expert Panel on Noise
    • WHO
    • Transport environment and health NGOs
    • EPA Network Interest Group on Traffic Noise Abatement (IGNA)