Technology is the winner at the ‘Noise Oscars’

A ‘quiet technology’ provider was rewarded for its innovation at the prestigious 10th annual John Connell Awards, dubbed the ‘Noise Oscars’, last night by the Noise Abatement Society.

The awards are named in honour of the Society’s founder, John Connell OBE, who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK.

The ceremony took place at the House of Commons and was hosted by Mike Weatherly MP for Hove and Portslade on behalf of the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) Trustees, and are designed to recognise and promote innovative ideas and initiatives that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community, helping to improve the aural environment.

Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said:

“It was very difficult to judge the winner from the high standard of entries that we received, but the overall winner of the Technology award demonstrated a pioneering and innovative approach that addresses noise pollution from a unique standpoint.”

The Technology Award is sponsored by the Institute of Acoustics and applauds the vital role that industry can play in reducing noise pollution in our environment and the winner was Tenant Green Machines with its all-electric vacuum street sweeper.

The Green Machines 500ze has a Lithium-ion powered battery pack. It reduces carbon emissions and improves air quality. The Green Machine produces no exhaust fumes or CO2, and its clean air and near silent operation is ideal for enclosed or crowded pedestrian areas such as city centres.

The Green Machines 500ze is currently in test trials across Europe and will soon be seen in operation in major cities across Australia, Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

Trevor Cox, President, Institute of Acoustics, said:

“It is great to see a green product win, especially one that considers good acoustic design to be a vital part of sustainability”.

Highly commended was Container Centralen for its new generation of returnable transport items that has been developed to accommodate demand for quiet delivery equipment. The items can be used for distribution to retail outlets during nights and early mornings.

The award was sponsored by The Institute of Acoustics, and had a separate judging panel, comprising of:

• John Hinton OBE, Chair of Judging Panel, past President of The Institute of Acoustics (2008-2010) and a recipient of last year’s John Connell Lifetime Achievement Award,

• David Lane, Chair of Trustees, the Noise Abatement Society

• Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive, the Noise Abatement Society

• Max Dixon, Town planner and urbanist specialising in noise and soundscape management, formerly of the Greater London Authority and a recipient of last year’s John Connell Lifetime Achievement Award

• Dr Raul Meyer, Managing Director of Ecoinnovations Consulting Ltd, engineering specialist and a former Director at Ricardo UK Ltd

For more information on the Awards or to see the list of winners, visit


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Notes To Editors

The Institute of Acoustics – Sponsors of the Technology Award

The Institute of Acoustics is the UK’s professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration. It was formed in 1974 from the amalgamation of the Acoustics Group of the Institute of Physics and the British Acoustical Society (a daughter society of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers). The Institute of Acoustics is a nominated body of the Engineering Council, offering registration at Chartered and Incorporated Engineer levels. The Institute has some 3000 members from a rich diversity of backgrounds, with engineers, scientists, educators, lawyers, occupational hygienists, architects and environmental health officers among their number. For more information visit

About Noise Abatement Society – The objective of the Noise Abatement Society is to raise awareness of and find solutions to help relieve the physical and mental distress and ill health which noise and related pollutants cause and which profoundly affect public health, productivity, the quality of life and marine and wildlife. The Society was established in 1959 by John Connell OBE, who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960, establishing noise as a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. The Society operates a free advice helpline for those people that are suffering from noise nuisance. For more information contact 01273 823 850 or visit

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