Press: UK urges carriers to pay for pollution

The U.K. will lead a charge to bring forward a timetable to make the world’s major airlines pay for the cost of their pollution, The Financial Times reported Thursday.

Without citing sources, the paper said U.K. ministers will argue at a meeting Thursday in Germany for the inclusion of airlines in the European Union’s carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme within two years.

Airlines have been expected to be included in the scheme by 2013 but the U.K. will argue that the swifter action is needed if the E.U. is to set an example to the rest of the world, the FT said, and must include airlines by 2008, if not sooner.