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Noise pollution control

Autostrade per l’Italia and its subsidiaries are carrying out a major investment plan to develop and modernize the highway network.

Noise abatement

As required by Framework Law 447/1995 and subsequent implementing decrees, on 28 June 2007. Autostrade per l'Italia sent copies of the plan through which it intends to upgrade its network over the next fifteen years, to the 14 regions and 706 municipalities concerned. This plan was delivered in the form of:

  • a technical report detailing the activities carried out and the work methods adopted.
  • graphs representing the geographic location, the presence of any other sources contributing to the noise produced by the highway infrastructure, areas in which the noise is critical and the envisaged mitigation interventions;
  • summary sheets providing tabular summaries of the envisaged interventions for each area in question, expected noise level statistics, general public exposure statistics and priority indices.


The general public can consult these documents at the relevant municipal offices and obtain more detailed information on each individual  noise prevention intervention envisaged on the highway network.

The Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea approved the Autostrade per l'Italia Noise Containment and Abatement with decree GAB-DEC-0000034 of 11/03/2011, published in Official Gazette of 04/05/2011 with the specifications and prescriptions as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding approved at the Joint Region/State Conference on 18/11/2010.

Moreover, Autostrade per l'Italia drew up the noise map and action plans, which fully incorporate the results of the Noise Containment and Abatement Plan (NCAB), in accordance with Legislative Decree no. 194 of 19 August 2005, transposition of Directive 2002/49/EC.


On 30 June 2012, in compliance with legal requirements, Autostrade per l'Italia updated the noise mapping map for the entire network under concession.


This update was developed in accordance with Ministry of the Environment prescriptions as set out in the document entitled, "Preparation and delivery of the digital documentation on noise mapping and strategic noise maps (Legislative Decree 194/2005) - Technical Specifications Version 2.0 May 2012"

On 20 April 2013, Autostrade per l'Italia published the updated Action Plans on its corporate website so that the general public could review them and submit their comments, opinions and responses in writing within 45 days of the date of publication. Autostrade per l'Italia took these comments into account when drawing up the definitive Action Plans, which were published on this website and transmitted to the Authorities on 18 July 2013.


At present, and until such as time as procedures within European Union Member States are harmonised, the main objectives of Directive 2002/49/EC, are "knowledge" of the state of the environment (noise mapping) and the "raising awareness and education" (informing the general public). In this context, said Directive 2002/49/EC and transposition Legislative Decree 194/2005, require, in the pursuit of the temporal objective of knowledge and monitoring the progress of the required abatement steps, that noise mappings and the relevant action plans be updated every five years. 

In this regard, as concerns the provisions of art. 4, paragraph 3 b) of Legislative Decree 194/2005, Autostrade per l'Italia S.p.A. has drawn up an action plan update in line with the minimum requirements pursuant to annex 5 of said Legislative Decree. Furthermore, in compliance with article. 8, paragraph two, transport infrastructure operators are required to issue a Public Notice when an action plan is published. as described in greater detail in the Autostrade per l'Italia commitments.

In the pursuit of sustainable development objectives and in application of the Code of ethics and of the Environmental Charter adopted by the group in 2003, Autostrade per l'Italia is fully compliant with the requirements imposed by national legislation and indicated EC directives.