Swiss ministry says noise best tackled at source

First evaluation of noise policy shows only a few per cent of budget spent on cutting noise emissions

The vast bulk of money spent combating noise pollution in Switzerland over the last two decades has been spent on remediation measures, not cutting noise at source, the Swiss environment ministry reported last Wednesday. Officials said their first analysis of noise policy showed nearly all investments over CHF1bn (€500m) had gone into projects like noise barriers and sound-proof windows. More must be spent on actions that minimise noise in the first place, concluded the ministry, such as quieter tyres or vehicle speed reductions. See press release.

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