The Department of Environment expects that a specialised study on measures to be implemented in a bid to combat noise pollution will be completed by Autumn, Philenews reported on Thursday.
This is part of the fourth round of the government’s Strategic Noise Mapping covering all urban areas of Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos with a population of more than 100,000.
The strategic mapping also covers major road areas with more than 3,000,000 movements per year, air transport over 50,000 movements per year and various industrial facilities.
The World Health Organization defines noise above 65 decibels (dB) as noise pollution. To be precise, noise becomes harmful when it exceeds 75 decibels (dB) and is painful above 120 dB.
The measures to be applied will allow Cyprus to fully harmonize and be in compliance with the European Directives (EU) 2020/367 and (EU) 2021/1226 on environmental noise.
And it will mark the positive outcome of the corresponding warning letter from the European Commission.
In particular, it is expected that the violation with reference number 2022/0040 will be deleted.