Directive 2000/14/EC harmonizes the existing legal instruments on noise emissions for construction plant and equipment, as well as a directive on lawnmowers. It aims to improve the control of noise emissions by different types of equipment used outdoors, such as compressors, excavator-loaders, different types of saws, mixers, etc.

Legal act

Directive 2000/14/EC

Consolidated act


Legal act repealed



Guidelines for the application of Directive 2000/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 May 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors, June 2017

Previous Guidelines


National references

Harmonisation standards



Supporting study for an evaluation and impact assessment of Directive 2000/14/EC on noise emission by outdoor equipment, October 2018

Noise emission by equipment for use outdoors: Application Guide published in June 2017

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