WEBINAR: Quality of Life in Airport Communities beyond the ICAO Balanced Approach


In the framework of the EU-funded project ANIMA (Aviation Noise Impact Management through Novel Approaches), the Airport Regions Council, together with the ANIMA consortium, are organising an interactive webinar on the topic of quality of life and ICAO Balanced Approach implementation.


This event aims to generate debate, reflection, interest, engagement and more visibility and information for Communities and Local Authorities regarding the measures (noise interventions) already taken at airports, and its effects in those key cases that already provided better outcomes.


Noise management is a deeply complex issue. There is a need to design robust noise management actions that can deliver targeted outcomes (not necessarily represented through noise metrics), and where progress towards such outcomes can be evaluated.


The ICAO Balanced Approach addresses aircraft noise issues in an environmentally responsive and economically responsible manner. One shortcoming though is that the Balanced Approach does not provide a methodology to evaluate noise management interventions. Therefore, ANIMA, through this event, strives to create an opportunity to exchange on noise management measures that can increase the quality of life of neighbouring communities either by mitigating annoyance or by engaging communities in decision-making processes, which lead to consensus.


The ultimate goal of this dissemination event is to dynamically engage with stakeholders: three case studies will be presented, each one of them being followed by an interview. The event also seeks to validate the project findings, capturing data for the ANIMA final analysis.


Please register in advance via Zoom


Draft Agenda

14:00 Welcome words, Airport Regions Council

14:05 Overview of the regulation and main expectations, gaps and best practices

  • European Commission, DG ENV & DG MOVE (TBC)

  • Paul Hooper, Manchester Metropolitan University

  • (TBC) Phenomena project

  • Q&A

14:55 Case studies

  • Operational procedures measures: Heathrow Case Study presented by Graeme Heyes (Manchester Metropolitan University) & Fireside chat with an airport representative

  • Land-use Planning measures: Iasi Case Study presented by Narcisa Burtea and Dan Radulescu (COMOTI) & Fireside chat with representatives from authorities

  • Community engagement: Arlanda (Stockholm) Case Study presented by Barbara Ohlenforst (Netherlands Aerospace Centre) & Fireside chat with an airport representative

In each case study, the following types of measures (interventions) will be discussed:

  • Why did the airport choose these measures (interventions)?

  • How did the airport implement the measures (timeframe, stakeholders involved)?

  • Outcomes explained: in terms of noise (footprints or other indicators), health effects (annoyance and sleep disturbances), and assessment of results (cost-effectiveness)

15:55 Concluding remarks, Laurent Leylekian, ANIMA Coordinator & Discussion with DG MOVE & DG ENV

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