About us

ICCAN was established in 2019 with the aim of improving trust in the management of aviation noise.

Improving how aviation noise is managed since 2019

The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) is a body created to act as an independent, impartial voice on civil aviation noise and how it affects communities.

We hope you find our website easy to navigate and that it provides you with useful information, as well as helpful guidance and advice.

To meet the ICCAN senior team click here. To view our transparency documents click here, and to see information about our governance, including our board meetings click here.

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

When ICCAN was first established, we were asked to consider how aviation noise could be managed better going forward, as well as how the framework of regulation should evolve. 

We have undertaken a thorough review of the regulatory landscape and existing enforcement mechanisms relating to aviation noise, and found that the current framework in which airports, airlines and others operate is complex, hard to navigate, and it isn’t always clear where responsibility or accountability lies.

To read ICCAN’s Report on the future of aviation noise management, please click here, or on the image or button below. We have also published a set of supporting documents.

Our Corporate Strategy 2021-24

We have 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.

These build on our recommendations made in our Report on the future of aviation noise management. 

Our vision for the future, and the ambitions below that underpin it, are framed by our desire to see the aviation industry’s recovery support an innovative and sustainable approach to noise management. 

To achieve this, we have four longer-term ambitions, which we will start working towards in the coming three years. We want to see that:

  • People are less affected by aviation noise
  • People are empowered through being engaged and informed on issues related to aviation noise
  • Exposure to aviation noise is acknowledged and managed as a public health and wellbeing issue
  • Government, regulators, local authorities and the aviation industry are equipped with the tools and evidence to make robust decisions.

Our vision, ambitions and goals

ICCAN’s vision for the coming three years and beyond is:

  • That the impact of aviation noise is a significant factor in decisions taken by Government, industry and regulators, which facilitates balanced and sustainable growth, for the benefit of affected communities and the wider economy. 

Our ambitions are that:

  • People are less affected by aviation noise
  • People are empowered through being engaged and informed on issues related to aviation noise
  • Exposure to aviation noise is acknowledged and managed as a public health and wellbeing issue
  • Government, regulators, local authorities and the aviation industry are equipped with the tools and evidence to make robust decisions

To on deliver this, our goals for the coming three years will be:

  • Goal 1 – ‘Setting standards’
    Increase the consistency and transparency in the management of aviation noise by
    providing advice and guidance on noise management
  • Goal 2 – ‘Putting people’s health at the heart of aviation noise policy’
    Progress research into the health and wellbeing impacts of aviation noise
  • Goal 3 – ‘Focus on the future’
    Ensure future policy and regulation of noise is fit-for-purpose, and that future technological
    advances have noise management at the heart of their development

Our work programme

Our Corporate Strategy 2021-24 sets out a programme of activities to deliver on these goals. This includes:

  • Starting a review of the efficacy of Noise Action Plans
  • Initiating programme of work to set best practice on the use, collation, analysis and publication of noise metrics
  • Scoping and initiating work with industry, as aviation levels start to recover, to investigate operational areas where improvements can be made to how noise is managed
  • Working with planners across the UK, central and devolved Government, and industry to address issues of land use and planning as a way of mitigating the impact of aviation noise
  • Building on review of insulation to establish best practice for insulation schemes
  • Reviewing and assessing approaches to complaints across UK airports and publish initial findings and recommendations
  • Finalising, developing and commissioning a new Aviation Noise Attitudes Survey
  • Finalising prioritisation of health and wellbeing research and establishing  working relationships, as well as starting to identify funding streams for research, and build partnerships for future work

Our remit

ICCAN is not a noise ombudsman, we cannot handle or deal with complaints, and it is not in our remit to stop airports expanding.

Our ambition is that aviation noise is an important consideration in investment decisions and changes made by the aviation industry, government and regulators.

We are also looking to raise the profile of aviation noise as a public health issue and have been working since 2019 to change the discussion on aviation noise for the better.

If you have a question and cannot find the answer on our website, do contact us.

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