ICCAN is the Independent Commission

on Civil Aviation Noise

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The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation noise ceased operating on 30 September 2021.

You can read the Government’s statement on ICCAN’s closure and Head Commissioner Rob Light’s letter to the Minister to learn more.

Any further questions about ICCAN’s work or aviation noise should be directed to the Department for Transport.

*****IMPORTANT: Update on the future of ICCAN***** 

06 September 2021 

The aviation minister has made an announcement today on the future of ICCAN. Ministers have decided not to reappoint the Board of Commissioners, and therefore ICCAN as an entity will cease to operate from the end of September. 

You can read the statement here.

ICCAN was established in 2019 with a two-year mission to review how aviation noise was managed in the UK, and propose new ways forward for the aviation sector, government and communities.  

This timeframe was extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, having listened carefully to a broad range of stakeholders during this time, we brought forward a series of publications, culminating in our report on the future of aviation noise management in March. 

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch about any issues relating to ICCAN, please email contactICCAN@iccan.gov.uk

A message from Rob Light, ICCAN Head Commissioner: 

“The Commissioners and I are grateful for the warmth, energy, and enthusiasm with which ICCAN and its staff were met over the past two and half years. I am proud of what we have achieved together, from setting out how noise can be better measured and managed, to advising on consultation and engagement best practice, as well as key issues such as insulation and mitigation. 

“In our report on the future of aviation noise management, we recommended that ICCAN should play a key role, given its unique position as an independent and impartial body. While we hope and expect now that much of our work will still be undertaken and taken forward, we recognise that this is now a decision for others. We will be working with officials in the coming weeks to help determine how best this can be done.” 

We have published our report on the future of aviation noise management

This contains our recommendations for how aviation noise can be managed going forward, as well as how the framework of regulation should evolve. We have also published supporting documents.

We have also published our Corporate Strategy 2021-2024, setting out how we will work towards our vision, and deliver on our ambitions over the coming three years.

Improving public confidence and trust in the management of aviation noise

We are a non-statutory, advisory body created to provide independent, impartial advice to government, regulators and the UK aviation industry. We use this website to update on our work, publish our guidance and reports, and provide simple, easy-to-understand information about how aviation noise can be measured, mitigated and managed.

In June 2020, we produced a progress report on our first Corporate Strategy, which sets out what we want to achieve in our first two years.

In July 2020 we published A review of aviation noise metrics and measurement and a Toolkit for consulting on airspace change. 

In September 2020, we published a review of the links between aviation noise and public health. In October 2020, we published a survey of people’s experiences of aviation noise during the lockdown period, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In December 2020 we published best practice for airports on engaging with communities.

In February 2021, we published a review of airport noise insulation schemes.

In March 2021, we published our report on the future of aviation noise management as well as our next Corporate Strategy for the coming three years.

In June 2021, we published our plans for the next Aviation Noise Attitudes Survey (ANAS), and a report produced by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) along with a number of supporting documents.

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