O1: Environmental Noise Management Application in Audits

Environmental Noise Management Applications in Audits by Local Authorities

Environment noise management applications in Europe shows differences from one country to another country especially on audits and permit process of the plants although they apply the same directive as Environmental Noise Directive (END). With this handbook, the audit system and noise permit process of the local or related authorities in the scope of  END and also the local noise regulations in each of partner country was clarified.

This handbook focuses on the key elements of environmental noise management applications in audits by the local authorities. This handbook consists of mainly three parts as given below;

  1. Main Legislation and Responsible Authorities on Environmental Noise Management
  2. Environmental Noise Audits due to the Public Noise Complaints
  3. Environmental Noise Permit Procedure for Entertainment Places/Music Allowance

O2: Legislative Aspects of Environmental Noise Management-Stage-1

Legislative Aspects of Environmental Noise Management

This output mainly focuses on the legislative issues on environmental noise management during the training courses on noise management, which was the legal aspects part of curriculum content developed under the project. When considering the legislative aspects, the handbook structure was developed with containing the information on;

  • The main responsibilities of authorities and institutions on noise management as
    • Ministries,
    • Provincial Directorates
    • Municipalities, Regions,
    • The owner of the workplaces etc.
  • The environmental noise limit values and other criterias  for the noise sources defined in legislations as
    • Major roads, Major railways
    • Major Airports, Agglomerations
    • For industries and workplaces.
    • For temporary activities

The main structure of legal aspects on environmental noise management is exemplified in terms of the applications in project partner countries. Since this handbook gives key and practical information to the learning staff to be worked and be working on ENM applications during the audits in legislative basis, it will give great contribution impact on an increase of vocational skills of staff. 

O3: Legislative Aspects of Environmental Noise Management-Stage-2

Technical Aspects of Environmental Noise Management

This handbook mainly focuses on European Union and specifically on project partners’ national regulation, guidelines and best practices concerning technical aspects of environmental noise management applications, consisting in procedures to be applied in order to carry out industrial and environmental noise measurements, including those to be performed in case of temporary activities. Learning skills concerning procedures for noise measurements are essential, together with practical experiences, to subsequently become able to draw up noise assessment reports.  In particular, the handbook consists of the following main parts:

 

  • Requirements for “expert in acoustics” for each project partner country.
  • Noise measurement techniques.
  • Noise measurements procedures for different sources.
  • A practical guide to performing noise measurements in example cases.

Since this handbook gives key and practical information to the learning staff to be worked and be working on ENM applications during the audits in technical basis, it will give great contribution impact on an increase of vocational skills of staff. 

O4: Communicative Aspects of Environmental Noise Management –Stage 3

Communicative Aspects of Environmental Noise Management

The noise policy development and application consists of mainly three tools which are legislative, economical and communicative. The third one, communicative tool, is generally the least used in policy applications. However, in modern and globalized world, it is well-known that the communicative aspect is very important to improve the effective policy applications.

Therefore, in this output, the main aspects related to both noise management tools are discussed in separate sections for strategic noise maps and monitoring systems, which enables to communicate with public, administrative authorities and also the related sectors as entertainment places, production facilities etc. But before reaching that point, the handbook  addresses some preliminary aspects, which need to be considered from the point of view of communication. Besides this, good practices throughout the European countries are well-identified in the scope of communicative tools for environmental noise management

O5: Communicative Way Supported by Technical Aspects of Environmental Noise Management –Stage4

Communicative Way Supported by Technical Aspects of Environmental Noise Management

The Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC (commonly abbreviated as END) has been fully transposed in the Regulation on Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise (RAMEN) in Turkey in 2005, however it is still under review. In fact, due to the problems faced with during the implementation of this regulation by the responsible authorities, it was amended or revised several times in 2008, 2010, 2011 and lastly in 2015 in order to make the legislation more applicable. The aim of the END shall be to define a common approach intended to avoid, prevent or reduce on a prioritized basis the harmful effects, including annoyance, due to exposure to environmental noise. The END provides indications and recommendations about noise mapping, action planning, quiet areas and the communication and dissemination towards citizens. However, for several items only definitions and general indications are made available, without giving specific suggestions about how to deal with them in practice.

In this handbook the European regulations and main experiences concerning the application of the END have been collected, with specific reference to noise mapping, action planning, quiet areas and techniques of communication and dissemination towards citizens. It includes the disposals of END and the END implementation methods related to Italian, Turkish and Spanish experiences (also coming from results of some EU funded projects).

Since this handbook gives key and practical information to the learning staff to be worked and be working on ENM applications in technical and communicative basis, it will give great contribution impact on an increase of vocational skills of staff. 

O7: Development of Interactive Tools to Support Blended Learning

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