86 regulations are being scrapped and 48 improved by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), in an exercise that it claims will save business over £20m a year.
The regulations being modified join simplifications to the European Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Reduction Commitment, which have already been announced, as efforts to reduce the administrative 'burden on business'.
They include the streamlining of the Offshore Chemicals Regulations, which controls the use and discharge of chemicals from offshore installations. The Department claims that the environment will continue to enjoy the same level of protection despite the changes.
Many of the rules are obscure or in need of modernisation in any case, such as one used to resolve disputes between licence holders and landowners for the presence of overhead electric lines on private land. "They will be updated to ensure the rights and interests of both sides are appropriately balanced whilst reducing the costs and other burdens on parties," DECC said in a statement.