Noise pollution

In 2017, the proportion of the population that reported being affected by noise from neighbours or street noise was 15.4% in Belgium. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must be reduced to zero percent. This objective will not be reached by continuing the trend since 2003. The proportion of the population that reported being affected by noise is therefore developing unfavourably.

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Noise pollution - Belgium - trend assessment

percentage of population

 200020052010201520162017202020252030
observations--23.318.918.015.615.4------
trend and extrapolation--23.519.616.716.215.714.513.212.6
objective 20300.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_mddw01, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 1/04/2019); calculations FPB.

Noise pollution - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of population

 20032005201020122015201620172017//20032017//2012
Belgium25.023.318.917.418.015.615.4-3.4-2.4
EU28----20.518.818.017.917.5---1.4
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_mddw01, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 1/04/2019).

Noise pollution by income - Belgium

percentage of population

 20032005201020122015201620172017//20032017//2012
below 60% of median equivalised income29.126.924.122.726.023.624.7-1.21.7
above 60% of median equivalised income24.322.618.016.416.614.113.6-4.1-3.7
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_mddw01, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 1/04/2019).

UN Target: 11.6 - By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.

UN Indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to a UN indicator, but is related to UN target 11.6.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 26/04/2019).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 26/04/2019).

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