Walker U.,Bundesamt fur Umwelt Schweiz |
Meloni T.,Bundesamt fur Umwelt Schweiz
Larmbekampfung | Year: 2010
Excessive noise is damaging to health, reduces the quality of life, living conditions and the attractiveness of the areas affected and generates significant costs to the economy. The calculated noise pollution due to three sources - road, rail and air traffic - is shown for the whole of Switzerland with reference to cities, agglomerations and rural areas. In relation to traffic noise some 1.3 million people are exposed to excessive noise despite great efforts in noise abatement. Analysis of the situation and of the need for action in relation to the three sources of traffic noise are shown. More efficient and more effective protection of the population requires expansion of strategies applied to date, such as e.g. incentive systems, spatial planning provisions and low-noise behaviour.