The Association of Manufacturers and suppliers of Power Systems and ancillary equipment

Workgroup 4 Updates

Workgroup 4 – Noise – Leader: Andrew Greer

This workgroup is becomingly involved in the revision to the Outdoor Noise Directive (OND), currently transposed into UK law as the ‘The Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors Regulations 2001’. This sets noise limits for generating sets < 400 kW, for generating sets above this limit, the noise level is to be marked.

The Commission is not expected to table any draft OND amendment proposal before 2020. The workgroup is working with the Commission’s consultants and with Orgalime, through Europgen.

The workgroup held a conference call on 29th January 2018 to establish an AMPS / Europgen position on a consultation taking place from 23 January 2018 - 18 April 2018. This includes questions specifically for SME’s and manufacturers, so the Workgroup may be approaching AMPS members to gather information.

WG4 met twice in Q4 2017 to discuss possible alignment and misalignments with ORGALIME position document.

EUROPGEN has a good alignment with ORGALIME, but not a complete alignment, there is fundamental disagreement with ‘self certification’ or removing the involvement of Notified Bodies within the product noise level assessment.

AMPS and Europgen will strive to harmonise ISO  8528-10 to the revised OND –  providing our industry control of its own product specific standard.

This Directive sits alongside the EU Environmental Noise Directive (END), which is also in an early stage of review.
Currently responsible for:
Noise Mapping (primarily) – to assess/ control existing environmental noise levels

Revision about to start, aims include:
Broadening of scope to further consider/ control potential adverse health effects of noise and to limit levels of noise producing equipment e.g. Gensets