Environmental noise is managed by a number of Swedish government agencies. The task of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is to coordinate the work of the government agencies in order to strengthen and clarify the work and make it more effective.
The aim with the noise coordination is to contribute to the establishment of a consensus as regards consistent application and guidance, improve understanding of the roles and tasks of different actors, strengthen and clarify both the work of individual government agencies as regards noise and the joint work and collaboration of the government agencies.
The long-term goal of the noise coordination is to ensure that designated government agencies and other actors contribute to the creation of better noise environments in society through the coordination. In order for the noise coordination to function fully, it is important that all the organisations involved engage with and commit to the work. The steering group and network include central government agencies, county administrative boards and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) – all the actors involved play an essential role in the work.
The noise coordination’s steering group includes the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Transport Agency. The county administrative boards are also represented on the steering group. The steering group leads the work within the noise coordination by reaching decisions concerning activity plans and project groups, among other things.
The national noise coordination network includes administrators from fourteen government agencies and organisations who have a clear responsibility for noise in different ways. These are: the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, the Swedish Work Environment Authority, Swedish Energy Agency, Swedish Armed Forces, Surgeon General, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Swedish Consumer Agency, Swedish Maritime Administration, the county administrative boards and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.
The steering group decides which projects and activities should be carried out in order to resolve the issues that the steering group has prioritised.
The results of a project or activity are integrated into the relevant government agency’s information and guidance concerning noise. In addition to the reports, there are other results from the noise coordination. For example, the noise coordination has helped to improve collaboration between the government agencies that work on noise and generally made the work relating to noise issues more transparent and effective. Increased knowledge of noise issues combined with a greater understanding of the responsibilities of different government agencies will facilitate the national noise work going forward.