Noise Abatement Measures

Applies to: Biogas Plant

Description:

This indicator refers to the negative impacts of noise emissions from plant operation on human health. According to the WHO findings, noise is the second largest environmental cause of health problems, just after the impact of air quality. The indicator considers abatement measures implemented (noise reduction components (attenuators applied on critical places, e.g. exhaust stack, cooling system, air supply and exhaust grilles), noise insulated room for a CHP unit, low noise machinery for handling feedstock and digestate, process scheduling, acoustic barriers applied etc.) and a distance from the plant to residential areas.

Questions:

What is the distance from the plant to the nearest residential area?

What measures are implemented to abate noise emissions of the plant?

Rating:

At least three measure implemented, distance from populated area more than 250 m

Distance from populated area more than 250 m

At least two measure implemented, distance from populated area less than 250 m

Less than two measures implemented, distance from populated area less than 250 m

Sources of information:

European Commission. 2006. Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Reference Document on Best Available Techniques for Large Combustion Plants.

Soundplanning 2012. Environmental noise assessment: Anaerobic digestion Plant. http://www.manorfarmsurrey.com/manorfarmsurrey.com/downloads/AD%20Plant%20Noise%20Impact%20Assessment.pdf