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Speaking about companies, what does it mean being “cost-efficient”? It means cutting costs, without reducing the global welfare of both workers and customers. In other words, operational efficiency is about finding a way to minimize wastes without affecting sustainability.

This challenge was born from the idea of improving Enel cost efficiency and cutting useless costs. How many times did you think: “we could do it better”? Now it’s your turn, we are waiting for the best ready-to-go ideas to cut wastes and save money.



Efficiency is about making the best possible use of resources. Efficient firms maximize outputs from given inputs, in other words they minimize their costs. Why is it so important to focus on operational efficiency? By improving efficiency, a business can reduce its costs and improve its competitiveness.

As a matter of fact, efficiency isn’t just about reducing costs; other business objectives, including service quality, still have to be achieved in order to keep existing customers and revenues. Many organizations are too concerned with costs and they are not aware about the fact that the real business value could be destroyed if approached purely as a cost cutting exercise. Namely, improving efficiency could be taken as an opportunity to increase the welfare of all the firm’s stakeholders by simply reducing wastes.

In such a scenario, during the 2018 Capital Markets Day, Enel has clearly expressed its strong commitment in terms of operational efficiency, by presenting to the market a challenging 3-years efficiency plan aimed at the simplification of the corporate structures. Indeed, one of the strategic pillars of the latest 2019-2021 plan foresees an amount of 1,2bn€ for cost efficiency in 3 years. The main goal of this program is to maximize the Group’s value, optimizing the balance between risk and opportunity. This activity will continue to preserve the core involvement of the people who are part of Enel and local communities and ensure sustainable long-term industrial and socio-economic growth.



Enel is seeking a way to be more efficient in a sustainable way. According to our Open Power approach, everyone can be involved in presenting creative ideas or new approaches for transforming obsolete and redundant processes by:

  • Identifying wastes, propose a way to cut anything that does not add value to our activities
  • Rethinking the way we develop our everyday activities at lower costs.


The challenge is addressed to all Enel workers at any level. You can decide to participate either alone or in group and each participant is free to present more than one solution.



The submitted proposal should include the following key drivers:

  • Rationale for the proposed idea and explanation of the current process it is going to rethink or modify
  • Main and tangible benefits the new idea is going to bring; any supporting information with regards to its feasibility and economics
  • Any formats of materials showing the inefficiency of the actual process (pictures, videos, cost statements) that could be useful to support and explain the proposed solution, if available.


The proposal should not include any information the Solvers may consider as their Intellectual Property they do not want to share.



This Challenge provides contribution to the following Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world:

  • SDG 8Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • SDG 12Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.


For questions regarding the challenge: savedifferent.challenge@enel.com.
For technical support: FAQs or OpenInnovability-support@enel.com.


Challenge rules

Employees who worked in Management Control over the past two years are not eligible for the participation to this Challenge.

Explain your proposal clearly in Italian, Spanish or English, attach documents if needed (max 5 files, 25MB total weight).

All proposers are invited to read carefully the challenge and the regulation of this contest, attached below, before to submit a solution. By submitting a solution they automatically accept the attached Regulations other than the Terms of Use of this platform.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution. The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker. Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

In case of more than one solution proposed by the same participant or group, each idea must be presented separately according to the regulation of the challenge.

The proposals will be admitted until September 30, 2019 (within CET 23:59) and the evaluation will start after this date. Late submissions will not be considered.

What happens next?

Management Control will evaluate the proposal using the following criteria:

  • Overall economic feasibility of the proposed solution
  • Realism of the proposed solution
  • Maturity level of the proposal
  • Time-horizon of the proposed solution.


At the end of the assessment, you will receive feedback.

In case of success, an Enel contact person will get in touch with you to discuss the next steps.


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