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Main parties’ environment pledges could bode well for firms like QED Environmental Systems

Much has already been made of Labour and Conservative party policies on the environment and tackling the so-called 'climate emergency'. The Conservatives have set their sights on a net-zero carbon emissions target for the year 2050, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promised a green industrial revolution at the launch of his party’s manifesto last week, should he be elected into Number Ten in December.

Much has already been made of Labour and Conservative party policies on the environment and tackling the so-called climate emergency. The Conservatives have set their sights on a net-zero carbon emissions target for the year 2050, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised a green industrial revolution at the launch of his party’s manifesto on Thursday, should he be elected into Number Ten in December.

With the global green economy valued at $4 trillion, the two major parties want the UK to be ready to seize the new opportunities it can offer. Inevitably, these environmental targets proposed by the major parties to allow Britain to cash in on the green economy, will create opportunities at home. QED Environmental Systems, a global leader in environmental monitoring solutions and gas analysis solutions, are one firm that could well capitalise.

Originally a US business, QED acquired UK company Geotech in 2016 to strengthen its hand in environmental monitoring by extending its expertise to gas analysis technology which it could then take into Europe and beyond. With a UK headquarters in Coventry, the business already has helped other UK firms fulfil their legal responsibilities with its tools and technology. 

As laws and regulations change to meet green targets set by the government, the need for firms to adapt and call upon QED's expertise is only likely to increase.

In The Parliamentary Review, managing director Dean Kavanagh revealed how QED products are used in a number of applications, including waste management, renewable energy, land redevelopment and manufacturing, issues which Labour and Conservative plans for the environment focus on very closely. Furthermore, QED's move toward providing analysis solutions for landfill gas and biogas was a particularly innovative aspect for the business.

Kavanagh said in The Review: “One of our key areas of innovation is providing products that accurately monitor and analyse landfill gas (LFG) and biogas. This includes monitoring levels of potentially harmful LFG and supporting waste to energy processes and the purification of biomethane at anaerobic digestion plants.

"We also offer expertise in environmental monitoring equipment, including pioneering groundwater analysis and soil sampling technology, monitoring instruments, pneumatic pumps and remediation processes.

"We work closely with customers to understand the challenges they face so we can then develop innovative new solutions that exceed their needs.”

QED has even set about developing and strengthening its global brand and growing the business to stave off any possible ill-effects of an impending Brexit and allow the firm to continue taking advantage of the opportunities that the government's new environmental strategies could provide, even as the UK withdraws from the European Union.

As Kavanagh explains in The Review: “Along with many other manufacturing businesses that are producing market-leading tools and technology, we face competition from cheaper, inferior products. This, combined with the potential impact of Brexit, for example on import duties, means we need a strong focus on delivering a successful future for our business. 

"We recognise the importance marketing will have going forwards, so we are developing and strengthening our global brand to educate current and future customers about the benefits of working with us as an expert partner. 

“Our growth strategy will see us create more opportunities within the evolving renewable energy and remediation markets, with a view to doubling the size of our business in the next few years. We will achieve this through diversification into new market applications – every year we invest six per cent of our revenue into research and development – as well as expansion into new territories through distributor partners and strategic acquisition.”


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Authored by

Scott Challinor
Business Editor
@theparlreview
November 25 2019

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