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CECE supports European Commission regarding future of the Outdoor Noise Directive

CECE supports European Commission regarding future of the Outdoor Noise Directive
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CECE supports European Commission regarding future of the Outdoor Noise Directive

IMAGE SOURCE: CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment

On the 17th of March 2021, CECE participated in the European Commission’s (EC) Noise Working Group meeting. The main topic for discussion was the future of the Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC (OND).

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After publishing an evaluation report, the EC discussed with Member States and stakeholders the possible way forward. The main question was if the EC would pursue a full revision of the OND or if it would only update the test codes in the text of the Directive through secondary legislation called Delegated Acts.

On the main question, CECE representatives provided a statement during the meeting favouring the option of using delegated acts to update the test codes in the OND. CECE members believe that the delegated acts would be a quicker way to align the outdated codes with the available state of the art for such equipment. The Directive is recognisably outdated and needs to be updated without further delay within a reasonable amount of time.

CECE also mentioned that our members have identified current test codes that are being used for our type of equipment in the CECE Position Paper on ODELIA from April 2019. However, we believe industry needs a reasonable amount of time to further identify and possibly revise what has been already indicated for each one of the equipment in the OND scope. Some standards are either unavailable or replaced by newer versions.

At the end of the meeting, the EC decided to pursue the delegated acts with a possible adoption by the half of 2022 followed by a revision process that would start possibly by the end of 2023.

Source: CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment