A £27 million bid to make some public buildings and schools in Newcastle more environmentally friendly is being launched by the council.
If approved, places like the Theatre Royal could be fitted with low-carbon heating systems, better insulation and solar panels as part of plans to cut emissions.
Newcastle City Council's cabinet is set to sign off on plans to put forward a bid to the government's £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, as the authority pushes ahead with efforts to make Newcastle carbon neutral by 2030.
buildings could be upgraded
of carbon dioxide would be removed from the atmosphere each year
It is hoped that the varied works could be completed as early as this September, though a council report admits that high demand could mean its application may not be successful in this first round of funding bids.
The council said it could not yet specify exactly what works are planned at the 32 different locations.
Bosses did say that the Discovery Museum could be linked up to the carbon-cutting district energy centre on the nearby Helix science park.
Cllr Clare Penny-Evans, the local authority's cabinet member for communities and climate change, said: "If we are successful in our bid for up to £27.25m then it will be a significant step to ensuring some of our schools, leisure centres, cultural venues, depots, offices and industrial premises have a more sustainable future.
"From solar panels to "smart" building management systems; heat pumps; new LED lights; energy storage; electrical upgrades and low carbon heating systems; more efficient windows; better wall, roof and pipework insulation; and connecting the Discovery Museum to the heating network powered by the District Energy Centre at Helix, this is a really exciting opportunity to improve major public buildings.
Removing up to 4,050 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year - equivalent to taking 2,828 cars off the road - will really help towards our ongoing target of being net zero by 2030.
"It could help support and safeguard more than 800 jobs; and potentially save £386,000 a year on running costs, which would obviously be welcome at a time when our budget faces continued challenges.
"If Cabinet agree to progress this and we are successful in securing all or part of the funding, then I look forward to hopefully having these improvements in place very quickly, as a big step forward in our climate ambitions."
The full list of Newcastle buildings included in the £27.5m bid is:
District Energy Connections
Blandford House/Discovery Museum
Council offices and depots:
YHN House and Warehouse
Allendale Road Site
Palatine Products Building
East End Pool
All Saints Sports Centre
Walker Activity Dome
Newcastle Trampoline Park
The Pattern Shop
West Jesmond Primary
Gosforth Junior High
Sir Charles Parsons
Walker Riverside Academy
St Mary's Catholic School