Innovation leader

Istanbul’s innovation credentials are on display in flagship projects such as the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and the headquarters of Türkiye İş Bankası.

Smart building infrastructure

Innovation is a strength for Istanbul, for which it ranks 43 out of 500 in the Innovation Cities Index. This is evidenced by a wide range of flagship innovation projects such as the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, which is one of the world’s widest suspension bridges. Siemens contributed to the project, providing data, lighting, navigation systems, and emergency technology.

Siemens also installed smart building technology in the headquarters of Türkiye İş Bankası, which is one of Turkey’s largest private banks. The installation includes access control systems, CCTV, energy monitoring, HVAC, and lighting automation.

Innovation in renewables

Turkey has a strong energy policy that focuses on security and diversification. Its renewable energy capacity has grown by 50% over the five years to 2021, and there is huge opportunity for further growth. Estimates indicate that the country has only reached about 3% of its solar potential and 15% of its onshore wind potential. There is also excellent scope for developing the use of geothermal energy.

Growth of renewable energy in Turkey, 2000 to 2018
Source: International Energy Agency

Innovative leadership

Siemens works closely with Boğaziçi University, which acts as an academic innovation hub for Siemens in Turkey. The Innovation Management and Leadership Certification Program is a joint initiative by the university’s Innovation Research Lab and the Siemens Innovation Think Tank. Although temporarily suspended due to the pandemic, this initiative helps to raise awareness of healthcare challenges, and mobilizes efforts to address them.

Istanbul’s innovative approach to transformation was showcased in 2021 when it hosted the flagship event event ‘Urban Shifts – Transformations and Narratives that Fuel Them’ for the United Nations Development Program. The event demonstrated the latest thinking in urban transformation, and how to balance development with climate neutrality.

Istanbul in numbers

86,000 tonnes

Annual amount of CO2 offset by the Melen Hydro Power Plant

Source: Istanbul Energy


Length of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge at the northern end of the Bosporus

Source: ICE


Read the city data sheet

Download a document of insights from this city