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Just like every large urban entity, the Brussels-Capital Region is confronted by a substantial environmental challenge: reconciling the development of the city and the human activities which go in hand in hand with it, whilst ensuring a satisfactory quality of life for its inhabitants. In this respect, the noise pollution which is part and parcel of urban life needs to be studied and reduced as far as possible, in order to limit the impacts on quality of life and health. Since most of the complaints about noise pollution received by Brussels Environment from Brussels inhabitants are related to neighbourhood noise and noise from transport, the evolution in these areas is also analysed in this edition of the State of the Environment. Another alarming subject warranting further study: the noise which students, teachers and educational staff are exposed to in the school environment.