October 10, 2018
Europe, Health, Noise, Regulations

Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region

World Health Organization

Wind Turbine Noise Recommendations

For average noise exposure, the GDG [Guideline Development Group] conditionally recommends reducing noise levels produced by wind turbines to below 45[A] dB Lden* [at the most exposed façade, outdoors], as wind turbine noise above this level is associated with adverse health effects.

To reduce health effects, the GDG conditionally recommends that policy-makers implement suitable measures to reduce noise exposure from wind turbines in the population exposed to levels above the guideline values for average noise exposure. No evidence is available, however, to facilitate the recommendation of one particular type of intervention over another.

Download original document: “Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region [1]

Download the Executive Summary [2]

*ISO 1996-1:2016 Section 3.6 [3]: Lden is the average of all (12-15 hours of day, 4 hours of evening [if defined], 8-9 hours of night) levels, with evening and night levels weighted: +5 dB added to the evening levels and +10 dB to the night levels.

See also:
Night Noise Guidelines for Europe [4]
Guidelines for Community Noise [5]


URL to article:  https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/environmental-noise-guidelines-for-the-european-region/


URLs in this post:

[1] Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region: https://docs.wind-watch.org/WHO-noise-guidelines-Europe.pdf

[2] Executive Summary: https://docs.wind-watch.org/noise-guidelines-exec-sum.pdf

[3] ISO 1996-1:2016 Section 3.6: https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso:1996:-1:ed-3:v1:en

[4] Night Noise Guidelines for Europe: https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/night-noise-guidelines-for-europe/

[5] Guidelines for Community Noise: https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/guidelines-for-community-noise/