QED Environmental Systems

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by QED Environmental Systems's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from QED Environmental Systems is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles


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Dean Kavanagh, managing
The BIOGAS 5000’s high-quality
design is fit for the most hazardous
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Combining decades of UK and American expertise, QED
Environmental Systems is a global leader in environmental
monitoring solutions and gas analysis solutions. Recognising
the opportunities presented by the fast-growing renewable energy
and remediation markets across the globe, they acquired UK-based
Geotech in 2016 to extend its environmental monitoring expertise
into gas analysis technology and further grow their presence in the
UK, Europe and Asia. Owned by Graco Inc., QED has headquarters
in Michigan and Coventry, across which it employs around 150
staff. Managing director Dean Kavanagh elaborates.
Our aim is to become the world’s leading supplier of innovative environmental
technology solutions in our chosen markets delivered hand in hand with
outstanding customer support. Our UK business is critical to achieving this and,
from our new base in Cyan Park, Coventry, we will drive forward our development
strategy in all markets outside the United States.
Our tools and technology are used in a variety of applications, from waste
management and renewable energy to land redevelopment and manufacturing, to
help customers meet their legal responsibilities as well as maximising commercial
opportunities. As a business, we are committed to improving standards and
delivering the very best in quality, reliability and accuracy wherever in the world our
products and services are used.
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
»Managing director:
»Established in 1972, acquired
by QED in 2016
»Based in Coventry
»Services: Environmental
monitoring and gas analysis
»No. of employees: 150
QED Environmental
harmful LFG and supporting waste to
energy processes and the purification
of biomethane at anaerobic
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; for
example, our new BIOMETHANE 3000
fixed system analyser designed and
manufactured here in the UK.
Biogas is an important renewable
resource, and has the potential to be
a key element of our energy future
in gas-to-grid operations or as a
transportation fuel. Governments in
Europe are encouraging the use of
biogas across the region by providing
tax benefits, feed-in-tariffs, and
rebates to the end-users, and, as a
result, there is increasing penetration
across multiple sectors including food
and beverage, waste-to-energy and
power industries. This has led to a
greater need for reliable and consistent
equipment to upgrade raw biogas to
purified biomethane.
Our new BIOMETHANE 3000 is setting
the standard in biomethane gas
analysis, delivering real-time monitoring
and remote access to ensure balanced
gas composition levels and optimised
biofuel for gas-to-grid operations. We
are also investing in the development
of new solutions and technologies for
groundwater and soil sampling.
The issue of groundwater is of growing
interest around the world, not just
in terms of its depletion, but also
due to the risks of contamination.
Recently, we have seen the standards
set by the United States Environment
Protection Agency being adopted in
other countries, and this is driving the
need for more accurate monitoring
equipment. Our groundwater sampling
equipment is at the forefront of
innovation; low-flow sampling is
achieved with our range of dedicated
Well Wizard and portable Sample
Pro bladder pumps, combining high
sample accuracy and integrity with
field efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
QED has also recently acquired the
Snap Sampler passive groundwater
sampling technology from ProHydro,
Inc. to help customers comply
with legislation and ensure safer
groundwater supplies.
We also offer solutions to help
environmental remediation works,
where there is a need to rid land
of contaminated groundwater and
soil and prepare brownfield sites for
new development projects. This is
an evolving market, one set to see
significant growth over the next few
years across the globe. Some of our
latest products in this area include air
strippers, fluid recovery pneumatic
pumps, skimmers and oil water
interface meters, alongside the En
Core Sampler, which collects, stores
and delivers soil samples.
Our brand-new, state-
of-the-art BIOMETHANE
3000 fixed system
Our three
global service
centres are
ISO 17025
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As a business, we are committed to
providing true value to our customers,
and we do this by designing and
manufacturing equipment that
reducesthe total cost through ease of
use, long-term durability and technical
superiority. We offer regular servicing
and recalibration to ensure the quality
and accuracy of our instruments are
maintained over many years all around
the world.
In fact, we support customers in over
60 countries through our network of
global and regional service centres and
distribution partners. Our three global
service centres are ISO 17025 accredited,
and our 40 distribution partners are
regional experts who ensure our
customers benefit from our commitment
to first-class service and support, no
matter where they are. We also offer
in-depth webinars, which include live
Q&A sessions with our in-house experts.
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 also
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.
Being constantly present for our
customers – occupying the same time
zone and speaking their language – is
also incredibly important. Across the
world, we have around 40 distributors,
and we are looking to further expand
our network of expert partners,
including a new exclusive distribution
partner in India, NETEL Ltd.
We are also recruiting local territory
managers to bring us closer to our
international markets, having recently
focused on an appointment in Shanghai,
and we work closely with Onuee, our
exclusive distribution partner in China,
for the biogas and landfill markets.
In the UK, we operate a direct sales
model, working with major landfill
operators, biogas plant builders,
operators and major environmental
consultancies. Considering that we are
growing and sharing our expertise in
groundwater, soil and gas management
applications for the evolving
environmental, industrial and renewable
energies markets, the opportunities
that lie ahead in the UK and across the
globe are undoubtedly exciting.
Our 40
partners are
regional experts
who ensure
our customers
benefit from
to first-class
service and
support, no
matter where
they are
QED’s groundwater
sampling equipment
is at the forefront of


This article was sponsored by QED Environmental Systems. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister