The Projects LIFE on environmental noise pollution in Italy: results, experiences and future development.
On 11th July, the workshop The projects LIFE carried out in Italy on environmental noise pollution: the results achieved, ongoing experiences and future development was held at the Università degli Studi of the city of Florence, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the programme LIFE and share the common topics faced.
On 11th July, the workshop The projects LIFE carried out in Italy on environmental noise pollution: the results achieved, ongoing experiences and future development was held at the Università
The workshop saw the presence of the eight projects which have received a co-financing from the European Commission by the means of the Programme LIFE since 2008 with their Italian beneficiary coordinator. They have dealt with the environmental problems related to noise pollution since 2008
Here below, as requested, some brief notes related to the presented projects:
H.U.S.H. – LIFE08 ENV/IT/000386 - LIFE Harmonization of Urban noise reduction Strategies for Homogeneous action plans. The main objective of this project is to contribute to the harmonization of the national rules and regulations for noise management with what stated in the European Directive 49/2002. This decree makes reference to the determination and management of environmental noise, starting
NADIA – LIFE 09 ENV IT 000102 - Noise Abatement Demonstrative and Innovative Actions and information to the public - The project involved the provinces of Genoa and Savona, the cities of Vicenza and Prato and CIRIAF (Interuniversity Centre for the Research on Pollution from Physical Agents) of the city of Perugia. The noise of the main provincial roads has been verified in the provinces of Genoa and Savona and in the urban centre of the city of Vicenza. Critical areas have been identified, paying particular attention to “sensitive” locations (Schools, retirement homes, clinics etc.). An innovative Action Plan has subsequently been drafted. This plan provides for the participation of the population and of the main stakeholders present on the territory and at
QUADMAP - Life 10 ENV/IT/000407 - QUiet Areas Definition and Management in Action Plans
The main objective of this project
GIOCONDA – LIFE13 ENV/IT 000225 - Young People matter in the decisions on environment and health. GIOCONDA wants to involve young people as protagonists of a participative democratic action. The choice of dedicating the project to young people is based on several factors. Many scientific
DYNAMAP - LIFE13 ENV IT 001254 - Dynamic Acoustic Mapping – Development of
DYNAMAP is a LIFE+ project which has the aim of developing a dynamic acoustic mapping to record and represent the acoustic impact generated by road infrastructure in real time. The main objective of this project consists in facilitating and reducing the cost of the periodic update of acoustic maps, which the European Directive 2002/49/EC on environmental noise expects to be carried out every 5 years. To this aim, the project provides for the development and installation of an automatic monitoring system (based on personalised low-cost sensors and a software on GIS platform) on two pilot areas located in Rome (Italy), along the A90 motorway (the so-called: “Grande Raccordo Anulare”), and inside Milan’s urban area. The systems will consequently be subject to extensive monitoring for a year to verify their reliability, efficacy and efficiency.
NEREIDE - LIFE15 ENV/IT/000268 - Noise Efficiently REduced by
The project LIFE NEREiDE wants to test the use of new porous road surfaces with low noise emissions composed of recycled asphalt and rubber powder recycled from End-of-Life Tyres. These materials will be warm mixed with some binding elements in order to produce bitumen mixes with specific advantages:
•reduce the disposal of waste materials, which, in this way, will be recycled; reduce the use of virgin raw materials (thus promoting resource efficiency and correct waste management);
•obtain better acoustic performances than the current ones, thus allowing a meaningful reduction of noise in urban areas and an improvement of citizens’ health;
•improve safety in urban areas by the means of draining surfaces with good superficial texture;
•reduce air pollution during asphalt laying.
BRENNER LEC- LIFE15 ENV/IT/000281- BRENNER Lower Emissions Corridor
The reduction of polluting emissions is achieved by the means of the following strategies:
1. traffic flow management during intense traffic moments with a combination of dynamic speed reduction and activation of the dynamic lane;
2. dynamic management of the maximum speed allowed based on air quality;
3. management of traffic flows in
LIFE MONZA – LIFE15 ENV/ IT/000586- Methodologies for Noise Low Emission Zone Introduction and Management
The introduction of the Low Emission Zones (LEZs) is common practice in cities’ management. LEZs are urban areas subject to road traffic limitations in order to guarantee the respect of the limit values of air pollutants stated by the Directive on air quality and environment (2008/50/EC). Their positive impact on air quality