Activity - 4 July 2024

Livestock enterprises in FVG: new Guidelines approved to reduce Noise and odors

Decree published with Guidelines for farms subject to Integrated Environmental Authorization (AIA)

The Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia has introduced new guidelines for livestock enterprises subject to Integrated Environmental Authorization (AIA) aimed at preventing and reducing noise and odor emissions.

The directoral decree no. 24133, issued on May 21, 2024, and coming into effect on June 12, 2024, provides intensive farming enterprises with guidelines to improve their environmental performance in accordance with the "Best Available Techniques" (BAT) established by the EU Commission 2017/302/EU.

The new European regulations require companies to implement and maintain an Environmental Management System (SGA). The guidelines include the development and implementation of the following self-monitoring procedures to prevent and manage the environmental impacts of their activities:

  • Environmental Management System Manual (MSGA): a tool to develop self-monitoring procedures and continuous improvement of environmental performance.
  • Environmental Emergency Management: detailed procedures to address and mitigate emergencies.
  • Noise Management Plan: measures to monitor and reduce noise produced by the farms.
  • Odor Management Plan: strategies to minimize the impact of odors on the surrounding environment.

The guideline requires companies to prepare and implement a noise management plan aimed at defining appropriate actions to be taken to contain noise emissions associated with the site.

Noise Management Plan for farms

The plan must include at least the following points:

  • Activities and schedule for noise containment: this involves the correct use of equipment by qualified and trained personnel, limiting noisy activities during the night, ongoing maintenance of moving mechanical components (such as fans and feed distribution systems) and hedges surrounding the barns to limit emitted noise, and the preference for low-noise equipment. The protocol must be executed in each farming cycle.

  • Noise Monitoring: to be implemented in situations involving modifications to facilities or potential site expansions that generate external noise. Compliance with the limits set by the Municipal Acoustic Classification Plan (PCCA) is verified in collaboration with the competent authority.
  • Measures for exceeding noise emission limits: this protocol includes identifying the noise source, performing maintenance in case of equipment malfunctions, reducing noise emissions, and measuring after interventions to verify their effectiveness.
  • Noise reduction: this includes identifying possible sources, monitoring noise emissions, characterizing sources, and applying prevention and/or reduction measures.
  • Review of noise incident reports: this involves reviewing any reports received in the previous year and includes activities initiated to resolve the issues.

By adopting these measures, livestock enterprises can contribute to creating an acoustically comfortable environment within the facilities, while simultaneously improving their operations and relationships with the surrounding community.

Integrated approach of Gruppo Luci companies: comprehensive solutions for noise control and reduction

Gruppo Luci companies are committed to supporting their stakeholders in finding the most effective and comprehensive solutions that encompass all aspects of noise and odor management in livestock farms.

How can Gesteco support farms in noise management?

Specializing in environmental acoustics, we handle the analysis and assessment of noise pollution resulting from sound emissions. We offer a complete environmental investigation service, covering both documentary and technical-operational aspects, including acoustic impact prediction and the evaluation of necessary corrective measures. 

Odor Management: for odor management, livestock enterprises can consult LOD, Dynamic Olfactometry Laboratory, and Labiotest, a company specializing in odor reduction technology.

Odor reduction plan recommendations: recommended measures include maintaining dry and aerobic litter conditions through natural or forced ventilation, prudent management of livestock effluent removal, and verifying the dimensional and structural capacities of storage facilities to ensure proper maturation. 

Labiotest's contribution: in support of odor reduction activities, Labiotest works synergistically with other group companies, offering solutions to address odor issues. For livestock enterprises, Labiotest proposes the osmogenic barrier technology, which includes nebulization systems and specific neutralizing products to manage non-hazardous but annoying emissions. 

For more information on regulations and the services we offer regarding noise management, you can contact us at 0432 634411 or via email at gesteco@gruppoluci.it.