The new edoc system was amongst a range of initiatives highlighted by Ministers recently at an event to demonstrate government progress in reducing the burden of environmental regulation on business. 

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP and Cabinet Office Minister the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP hosted 300 representatives of business, industry and professional bodies as well as MPs and others at the House of Commons to showcase initiatives arising from the Red Tape Challenge in the environment and farming areas, and from other Defra simplification programmes.  Guests had an opportunity to try out edoc for themselves and hear from the project team and users how the online system can save time, as well as provide easily accessible, good quality waste management data.

The event also saw the launch of Defra’s strategic regulatory reform plan Defra better for business, which confirms plans for 336 regulatory reforms which are together expected to save businesses £300m a year, and coincided with an invitation for business to comment on the department’s prototype online regulations portal Defralex – the first of its kind in central government.