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Holistic and sustainable abatement of noise by optimized combinations of natural and artificial means

Objective

Noise pollution is a major environmental problem within the EU. The social costs of traffic noise have been estimated to 0.4% of total GDP. Road traffic is the dominant source, and also rail traffic noise is significant. At the same time, road and rail traffic are expected to steadily increase, and the source strength is not expected to significantly decrease within the near future. To reduce the outdoor traffic noise to a sufficiently low level for a good acoustic environment is a major challenge of high need. Here, we will focus on noise propagation abatement for the outdoor environment. Following the EU Directive on environmental noise, a series of major action have been taken in noise abatement, but the sustainability has rarely been paid attention. The main idea of our project is to optimize the use of green areas, green surfaces and other natural elements in combination with artificial elements in urban and rural environments for reducing the noise impact of road and rail traffic. The project offers a variety of powerful abatement strategies that will make a cost effective improvement by its combination of approaches concerning: ground and road surface treatments; trees, forests and tall vegetation; greening of buildings and other surfaces; and innovative barriers. The noise impact will be assessed in terms of sound levels (including spectra and time patterns) as well as perceived environment (including annoyance, well-being and other health related aspects). The main objectives of the project are: to show by full scale evaluation that the proposed abatement methods work; to deliver noise prediction methods applicable to the proposed abatements, which can also be used in noise mapping software; to deliver assessment methods for the perceived noise environment; to deliver a good practice guide for the end-users; and to show the cost benefit, including the positive effect on urban air quality and CO2 neutrality, of the resulting noise abatement methods.

Coordinator

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Address

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41296 Goeteborg

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 521 630

Administrative Contact

Magnus Holmstrand (Mr.)

Participants (12)

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STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 287 340

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DU BATIMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 639 381

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 313 746

UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 242 909

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 498 207

IMINDS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 427 589

TRANSPORTOKONOMISK INSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 438 128

MULLER-BBM GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 196 777

CANEVAFLOR

France

EU Contribution

€ 114 864

ACOUCITE

France

EU Contribution

€ 123 166

STOCKHOLMS STAD

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 96 263

INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION OF HANYANG UNIVERSITY

South Korea

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 234306

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2009

  • End date

    30 April 2013

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 098 393

  • EU contribution

    € 3 900 000

Coordinated by:

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

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