A catalyst-bearing component of a gas turbine engine is provided. Catalytic materials are provided on components defining the gas flow path of the engine, so that emissions of carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons are reduced. The catalytic materials are selected from the group consisting of noble metals and transition metal oxides. The portions of the gas flow path where such materials are advantageously applied include the combustor, the turbine and the exhaust system. The catalytic coating is preferably applied in conjunction with a thermal barrier coating system interposed between a substrate component and the catalytic coating.