The Zero Pollution Ambition. European Main Cities Urban Sound Environment Analysis

  1. Laura Estévez-Mauriz 1
  2. Jesús Cepeda Riaño 1
  3. Mercedes de Barrios Carro 1
  4. Miguel Ángel de Barrios Carro 1
  1. 1 Universidad de León

    Universidad de León

    León, España


Global Challenges for a Sustainable Society: EURECA-PRO The European University for Responsible Consumption and Production
  1. José Alberto Benítez-Andrades (coord.)
  2. Paula García Llamas (coord.)
  3. Ángela Taboada (coord.)
  4. Laura Estévez Mauriz (coord.)
  5. Roberto Baelo (coord.)

Publisher: Springer Suiza

ISBN: 978-3-031-25839-8

Year of publication: 2023

Pages: 58-65

Type: Book chapter


Noise is considered the second largest environmental cause of ill health in western Europe. Despite the efforts made, the current situation in European cities reflects that the zero pollution ambition from the European Green Deal vision regarding noise exposure reduction is far away. The tendency shows that noise exposure may continue increasing with a global increase of the analyzed data of 7% in 2017 compared to 2012. The present work reflects on the policies and challenges that the sound environment in Europe is facing, exemplify through 2012 and 2017 data from the European main cities situation regarding population noise exposure and the following actions to improve the city sound environment. An exposition of a series of aspects that may help to change the trend regarding noise exposure and the irresponsible territory consumption practices.