Efforts are currently being made throughout the world to increase the efficiency of gas-fired cogeneration plants and reduce CO2 emissions (or almost completely eliminate these emissions through carbon capture and storage). National, international and/or regional programmes of a similar nature to the Power Plant 2020/CCS research programme therefore exist in a number of countries (Germany, the UK, Norway, the USA, Japan) and regions (e.g. the "Power plant of the 21st century" research initiative in the German provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg), and the SFOE programme works closely together with these. Due to national financing regulations and often complicated constellations with respect to ownership rights relating to project findings, joint projects have not yet been considered in detail to date.
The Power Plant 2020/CCS research programme is currently pursuing integration into European framework research programmes . Thanks to its active involvement in the formation of the EU's "Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants" technology platform, the programme is able to periodically co-ordinate its activities with those of other national programmes (Switzerland is a member of the associated Countries Workgroup), as well as participate in the joint formulation of development goals and EU programmes.
The international networking of the programme's activities is being strengthened by establishing ties with related initiatives of the International Energy Agency (IEA), such as the Working Party for Fossil Fuels, the implementing agreements on Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction in Combustion, the Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme and the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum.