One of the main problem of European Environmental Noise Directive (END) application in EU Member States is the harmonization of pre-existing National laws and standards with EU acoustic legislation. The same problem arises in countries like Russia, either in the internal harmonization of different disposals or in developing economic and scientific relationships with EU countries that require a homogeneous consideration of environmental matters.
In this paper, starting from the Italian approach to integrated noise action planning, a general method for harmonization of city plans is shown by means of a procedure developed in collaboration with Florence city council and other partners.
Authors have recently managed the project of the noise strategic action plan of Florence city and they are now developing the Florence City Noise Reduction Plan integrated with the Action Plan.
As members of the Working Group Noise of Eurocities network, they have developed the structure of a Urban Matrix for sharing and exchanging knowledge and experiences in action planning of the main European cities, with special regards to the detection and prioritization of hotspots an quiet areas. The definition of common strategies could be in the near future performed in an international project context and carried on by an international scientific board, where acousticians and researchers, together with planners, architects, engineers, will meet their own experiences, providing new international standards and compatibility rules for EU and non-EU countries. The harmonization of Plans can effectively lead to important savings in terms of costs for design and realization of designed solutions, considering the high level of optimisation that can be reached applying the proposed methodology to large scale urban agglomerations’ planning.

Authors: Bellomini, Luzzi